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Historical Artist - Pierre Bonnard (1867 - 1947)

In 1888, Pierre Bonnard moved to Paris to study at the Academie Julien and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts along with Denis and Vuillard. Influenced by the colors of Gauguin, Bonnard founded the group Les Nabis, which literally means the prophets in Hebrew. Amidst the formation of abstraction, Bonnard kept to landscapes and interiors derived from his interest in Japanese prints. After coming across the work of Van Gogh and being moved by the passionate colors in his work, Bonnard founded the Salon d’Automne in 1903. He also admired the work of Les Fauves because of their bold colors and distortion. Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brushmarks and close values. His often complex compositions —typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members—are both narrative and autobiographical. He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, and many still lifes which usually depict flowers and fruit.Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.

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