Pierre Bonnard: Deux corbeilles de fruits (1935)

PIERRE BONNARD (1867-1947) Deux corbeilles de fruits signed ‘Bonnard’ (lower right) oil on canvas 23 7/8 × 32 in. (60.4 × 81.2 cm.) Painted circa 1935, Image Source: Christie’s

“Bonnard’s vividly-colored and masterfully-composed domestic scenes and still lifes, like Deux corbeilles de fruits, circa 1935, would become hallmarks of the artist’s later oeuvre. The present work reveals Bonnard’s ability to synthesize an array of artistic influences, both contemporary and historic. Here, Bonnard appropriates the dynamic diagonal compositional order, tilting perspective, and imaginative use of color of Paul Gauguin…Works such as Deux corbeilles de fruits also bear the influence of Paul Cezanne’s dogged interrogation of space through the still-life genre. However, the artist’s Copernican revolution occurred in 1890 when he was struck by the beauty of Japanese woodcut prints in an exhibition organized by Siegfried Bing at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. “It was through contact with these popular images,” he explained, “that I realized that color could express anything, with no need for relief or modeling” (quoted in Pierre Bonnard: Early and Late, exh. cat., Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C., 2002, p. 202).

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Bonnard, Pierre, Colta Feller Ives, Helen Emery Giambruni, and Sasha M. Newman. 1989. Pierre Bonnard, the graphic art. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art. http://libmma.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15324coll10/id/92079 , (accessed 8 Nov 2018).

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10 Comments Add yours

  1. shoreacres says:

    The next time I end up with a photo that’s otherwise fine, but that has an unnaturally sloping horizon, I’m going to say I was appropriating the dynamic diagonal compositional order, and tilting perspective.

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    1. A good plan! Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Linda. 😎

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  2. Bonnard felt relief once he realized he no longer needed relief in his paintings.

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  3. This reminded me of Cezanne when I first saw it. 🙂

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  4. I love Bonnard. His vision was personal. He painted his feelings and perceptions. And the colors in his paintings are extraordinary. His drawings, so idiosyncratic, are like pure thoughts, like seeing into his mind and the lines and ways of drawing are sensitive and nuanced.

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    1. Your drawings and paintings have always brought Bonnard to mind. 😎

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      1. thank you, Sunnyside!

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      2. You are most welcome, Aletha. 😎

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