Bonnard’s landscapes share the same indistinct viewpoints and inventive use of colour as his paintings of domestic scenes. Here, he paints a view of his garden at ‘le Bosquet’, his house at Le Cannet where he and Marthe retreated during the Second World War. The painting is densely populated with different kinds of plants, shrubbery and trees crowding into the frame.
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
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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.