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Pierre Bonnard

French Nabi Painter, (1867-1947)

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Harmonie Blue 1920-1925 Study for Harmonie Blue 1920-1925

Pastel 20x28.5 cm

PROVENANCE: Succession Bonnard

Stamped with Signature

Certificate; Stern Art Dealer (London)


Sales Price C$23,000

Pencil Drawing 20x25 cm

PROVENANCE: Succession Bonnard

Stamped with Signature

Certificate; Stern Art Dealer (London)


Sales Price C$15,000


Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine. He was a French painter and printmaker, a founding member of Les Nabis.

Pierre Bonnard began his long painting career in Paris in the early 1890s. He was one of the first artists to use pure color in flat patterns enlivened by decorative linear arabesques in paintings, posters, and designs for stained-glass windows and books. Together with his friend Edouard Vuillard and the other members of the group known as the Nabis (Hebrew for "prophets"), he helped establish a new, modern style of decoration that was important for the emergence of Art Nouveau in the late 1890s.

Throughout the remainder of his career, Bonnard continued and expanded the impressionists' concern for depicting the personal environment of the artist. His naturalism, however, was merely a starting point for striking innovations in color and the construction of perspective. His entire stylistic evolution offers a transition from impressionism to a coloristic, abstract art.

Source: The Grolier Multimedia Encyclopedia, Release #9.01, ©1997.


Bonnard was not a revolutionary artist but he synthesized several different styles to create works of striking painterliness and memorably glorious color.

He borrowed a lightness from the Impressionists, a bold palette from the Post-Impressionists and Fauves, a compressed dimensionality from Matisse and added an immense intensity of his own.

His oeuvre combines the poignancy of Degas with the lyricism and luminosity of Rothko.

By Carter B. Horsley

Pierre Bonnard Quotes:

A painting that is well composed is half finished.
Art will never be able to exist without nature.
Color does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it.
Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly.
It is still color, it is not yet light.
The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible.
The precision of naming takes away from the uniqueness of seeing.
Work on the accent, it will enliven the whole.
You cannot possibly invent painting all by yourself.
You reason color more than you reason drawing... Color has a logic as severe as form.

Le peintre NABI qui a maintenant son musée











Pierre Bonnard Photographs  

Pierre Bonnard


Pierre Bonnard

Self Portrait

Pierre Bonnard by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1944 Pierre Bonnard A master and class act from his paintings to the clothing he wore. Pierre Bonnard working at something
Pierre Bonnard by Henri Cartier-Bresson, 1944 Pierre Bonnard Pierre Bonnard with a cat    

Other Readings:

Pierre Bonnard/Fernand Leger/Pablo Picasso/Otto Dix










Pierre Bonnard:

 The Late Still Lifes

and Interiors

(Metropolitan Museum

of Art Publications)


Bonnard (World of Art)

Pierre Bonnard - In Search of Pure Color: Portrait of an Artist [VHS]

Paintings in Museums and Public Art Galleries:

Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago
Notable SiteArt Institute of Chicago Art Explorer - Images and Text Resources
Detailed information about the artist and his works
Notable SiteFine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Many works by Pierre Bonnard
Notable SiteGuggenheim Museum, New York City
Notable SiteHermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
12 works by Bonnard
Notable SiteHirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Washington D.C.
Woman Bathing (Baigneuse), ca.1900-06
Notable SiteJ. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
Le Moulin Rouge, 1891
Notable SiteLouvre Museum Graphic Art Database, Paris (in French)  
Many works on paper online
Notable SitePierre Bonnard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
The Luncheon, 1923
Notable SitePierre Bonnard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel
Notable SitePierre Bonnard at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City
Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay, Paris
Commentary on 6 paintings by Pierre Bonnard
Notable SiteMusée d'Orsay Collection Database, Paris
Many works by Pierre Bonnard online
Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Houston, Texas
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Notable SiteMuseum of Fine Arts, Boston
Pastel collection online
Notable SiteMuseum of Modern Art, New York City
31 works online when last checked
Notable SiteNational Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh
2 works online
Notable SitePierre Bonnard at the National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.
10 works by Pierre Bonnard
Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Pierre Bonnard: Observing Nature
Notable SiteNational Gallery of Australia, Canberra
Woman in front of a mirror
Notable SiteNational Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
The Port of Cannes

Notable SiteNeue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
Notable SiteNorton Simon Museum, Pasadena, California
Notable SiteRéunion des Musées Nationaux, France (in French)  
La petite blanchisseuse
Art Collection of the Biblioteca Luis Ángel Arango, Colombia
Art Gallery of Greater Victoria, British Columbia
Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, Australia
Arthur Ross Gallery at the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
Woman in a White Hat, ca.1908
Ashmolean Museum at the University of Oxford, UK
Brooklyn Museum, New York City
Charleston, the country home of the Bloomsbury Group, East Sussex, England
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
Women with Dog, 1891
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts
The Little Laundress, lithograph, 1896
Cleveland Museum of Art, Ohio   NEW!
Courtauld Institute of Art, London, UK
3 works by or related to the artist
Dallas Museum of Art, Texas
5 works online
DePaul University Museum, Chicago
Toilette, etching
Dublin City Gallery | The Hugh Lane, Dublin, Ireland
Boulevard de Clichy
E.G. Bührle Collection, Zurich
(Click on the title to see a specific work, then click on the image to enlarge)
Fondation Bemberg Museum, Toulouse, France
12 paintings
Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma
Nature Morte à la théière
Harvard University Art Museums, Massachusetts
Indianapolis Museum of Art, Indiana   NEW!
Kunsthaus Zurich
Kunstmuseum Basel, Switzerland
Alphabetically under "B"
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (in German)  
Paysage du Cannet, 1926
Kunstmuseum Winterthur, Switzerland (in German)  
Le Cannet sous la neige, 1927
Pierre Bonnard in the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Database
Memorial Art Gallery of the University of Rochester, New York
The Linen
Mildred Lane Kemper Art Museum, St. Louis, Missouri
Milwaukee Art Museum, Wisconsin
View from the Artist's Studio, Le Cannet
Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minnesota
Musée d'Unterlinden, Colmar, France (mostly in French)   NEW!  
Paysage normand, 1920
Musée des Beaux Arts et d'Archéologie de Besançon, France (in French)  
Le Café du Petit-Poucet
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux, France (in French)  
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Lyon, France (in French)  
Fleurs sur une cheminée au Cannet
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Nice, France (in French)  
Fenêtre ouverte sur la seine
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, France (in French)  
(If the image is not clickable, click "Agrandir l'image" to enlarge the image)
Musee Jenisch, Vevey, Switzerland (in French)  
L'enfant à la lampe, ca.1897
Musée Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, France (in French)  
Paravent aux lapins
Museo del Corso, Rome (in Italian)  
La Senna a Vernonnet
Museu de Arte de São Paulo, Brazil (in Portuguese)   NEW!  
Museum of Modern Art, New York City - Provenance Research Project
4 works by Bonnard
Muskegon Museum of Art, Michigan
Gate at the Villa Bosquet in Le Cannet, 1944
National Gallery of Victoria, Australia
National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo
Young Girl Sitting with a Rabbit, 1891
National Museums and Galleries of Wales
New Art Gallery, Walsall, England
2 works online
New Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen
The Dinning Room, ca.1925
North Carolina Museum of Art, Raleigh   NEW!
The Lessons, 1898
Norton Museum of Art, West Palm Beach, Florida - Provenance Research
The Beach at St. Tropez (La Plage de St.Tropez)
Philadelphia Museum of Art
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12 works by Pierre Bonnard online
Phoenix Art Museum, Arizona
Cliffs of St. Adrion
Princeton University Art Museum, New Jersey
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium, Brussels
Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium Catalogue (in French)  
Nu à contre-jour
Saint Louis Art Museum, Missouri
The Basket of Fruit, 1922
San Diego Museum of Art, California
Portrait of Pierre Monteux
San Diego Museum of Art, California
Requires Flash: Click on "Artist Index", then on "B"
Santa Barbara Museum of Art, California   NEW!
Jardin au Petit Pont, 1937
Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas
Studio Esseci, Italy (in Italian)  
Click "Immagini" to see a large image from a 2003-2004 exhibition
Tate Gallery, London, UK
The Albertina Graphic Art Databank, Vienna (in German)  
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
- to switch to English, scroll to the bottom of the page and click "English Version"
- images are zoomable; click on the "expand" icon below the detail image
University of Iowa Museum of Art, Iowa City   NEW!
Von der Heydt-Museum, Wuppertal, Germany (in German)  
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum, Cologne, Germany (mostly in German)  
National Art Databases and Museum Inventories:
Danish Museums Online (in Danish)  


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