A Visit to Bonnard’s Garden

Pierre Bonnard, The Garden, 1945, Oil on canvas, 63.5 x 53 cm, Rights: © Saint-Claude, musée de l’Abbaye / / photo : Jean-Marc Baudet, Image Source: Google Arts and Culture

“At the turn of the century, Bonnard rediscovered nature and colour, after the muted tones and the urban scenes of his Nabi years. He stayed more and more often outside Paris, in the Seine Valley and in the South of France. Impressionism inspired him, but he wanted to go beyond its direct translation of nature. Colour, according to him, should be a means of expression above all.

In August 1912, he bought La Roulotte in Vernonnet, a district of Vernon located just five kilometres from Giverny. The house was modest, as its name, which means a horse-drawn caravan, suggests. It overlooked a large and luscious garden that descended to the Seine. Bonnard painted the views from the terrace and the house’s many openings. He captured the rich greenery of the Normandy landscape, sometimes giving it almost fluorescent hues.”

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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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5 Comments Add yours

  1. penwithlit says:

    Reblogged this on penwithlit and commented:
    Very lovely painting.

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  2. Interesting video clip about the artist’s conception of the natural world around him.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. That part of France inspired so many of my favorite artists. I can imagine Monet and Bonnard walking through their gardens. Oh, to have been a fly on that garden wall! 🙂

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