Bonnard bought a house in Vernonnet, on the banks of the Seine, in 1912, and stayed there frequently until 1938. During this period he painted many landscapes inspired by the countryside surrounding the house, and Normany Landscape
is one of these paintings. These landscapes chart Bonnard’s experiments in colour during this period. Bonnard said of his practice: ‘I have all my subjects to hand. I go and look at them. I take notes. Then I go home. And before I start painting, I reflect. I dream.’
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.