When Bonnard bought his house in Vernonnet in 1912, on the banks of the Seine, he began to experiment with a lighter, more vivid palette, inspired by the light of his new countryside accommodation. This painting is one of his many landscapes from that period – a child walks along a bright, empty lane, flooded with sunlight and framed by densely green trees.
Lane at Vernonnet
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
Date of work
Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947) was a French artist who worked in the fields of painting, print-making, and photography. His work is best known for his use of colour, unusual vantage points and intimate portraits of domestic scenes from his own life. He was part of the Les Nabis group of avant-garde artists in the 1890s, alongside Paul Sérusier, Édouard Vuillard, and Maurice Denis. Bonnard often worked from memory, giving his paintings a dream-like quality.