Tate Modern rediscovers French master of colour and composition Pierre Bonnard
This January Tate Modern will stage the UK’s first major Pierre Bonnard exhibition in 20 years, showing the work of this innovative and much-loved French painter in a new light.
Born 1867, Bonnard was, like his friend and contemporary Henri Matisse, one of the greatest colourists of the early 20th century. Spanning four decades from the emergence of Bonnard’s unique style in 1912 to his death in 1947, Tate Modern’s exhibition will show how the artist constructed his vibrant landscapes and intimate domestic scenes from memory.
The exhibition will emphasise Bonnard as a 20th century artist who had a profound impact on modern painting but also show him as a man who engaged with the world around him, revealing overlooked areas of his activities – from his frequent travels around France and his practice of working on different subjects side by side, to his response to the crises of both the First and Second World War.
The show will bring together around 100 of the artist’s greatest works from museums and private collections around the world and will reveal how Bonnard’s intense colours and modern compositions transformed painting in the first half of the 20th century.
Images: Coffee (Le Café) 1915; L'atelier au mimosa 1939-46
Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
23 Jan – 6 May 2019