Bonnard organised his art around the momentary, the transient – he was a man who attempted to fix the unfixable, and to battle, however improbably, against the ever-shifting tides of time. Bonnard’s figures are often caught in flux – they are stepping into the bath, or putting on clothes, or walking in or out of the painting’s frame.
This much anticipated, long overdue exhibition will trace Bonnard's creative journey from 1912 to his death in 1947. His work from this fruitful period consists mostly of landscapes and intimate domestic scenes, all of which were painted from memory, using drawings and notes as a reference.
Pierre Bonnard, Nude in Bath and Small Dog, 1941-6
Highlights from the exhibition include the series of nudes, modelled by Bonnard’s wife, Marthe de Meligny. Worth seeing alone are Nude Before the Mirror, 1931, and Nude in the Bath, 1925, both exemplifying Bonnard's unparalleled skill to capture a moment in time on the canvas, always artfully expressed through his masterful handling of colour and composition.
Bonnard encourages us to stand still, to allow time to freeze around us, and to step into a moment in the past, preserved before us as it appeared before him – first in memory, later in paint, and now almost a century old.
|What||Must see Pierre Bonnard exhibition coming to Tate Modern|
|Where||Tate Modern, Bankside, London, SE1 9TG | MAP|
|Nearest tube||Southwark (underground)|
23 Jan 19 – 06 May 19, 10:00 AM – 4:30 PM
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