In 1912, Bonnard purchased Henri Matisse’s painting of the same name, The Open Window
, 1905. One might imagine the influence this painting had on Bonnard, and enjoy the similarities and differences between the two paintings. Unlike his friend’s seascape seen through the window, Bonnard’s off-centre view is of a tree and blue sky. A reclining girl playing with a black cat is glimpsed in the corner of the painting.
The Open Window
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.