Pierre Bonnard

Bonnard was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine in 1867 to a prominent official of the French Ministry of War. He studied classics and subsequently became a barrister at the insistence of his father. However Bonnard decided that art was his true calling and instead became an artist after attending art classes at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian. In 1891, Bonnard began showing his work at the annual exhibition of the Société des Artistes Indépendants after his meeting with renowned artist Toulouse-Lautrec. This was also the year when Bonnard’s commenced his association with La Revue Blance, whereby he and compatriot Les Nabis member Jean-Édouard Vuillard designed frontispieces Both a painter and a printmaker, Bonnard was also one of the founding members of the Post Impressionist group of Avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard is well known for his paintings depicting intimate domestic scenes whereby his works exhibit a dreamlike quality, as he preferred to work from memory using drawings as a reference. His paintings are characterised through his beautiful intense colour palette with elaborate composition of interiors and gardens. Bonnard was a successful painter during his lifetime and established himself as an eminent artist amongst the great 20th century painters.

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