Modern Art — The Highlights. Through the trees, red-tiled roofs zigzag discreetly down to a mild blue sea. The couple married in , the year from which this painting dates. If we look at Still Life with Bouquet of Flowers below the book, vase and table are all pretty readable. So this was not meant as a faithful portrait of Marthe; it is in fact far closer to metaphor or memory, than reality. However, although Bonnard was a member of this group, he was not interested in obscure Symbolist subject matter and was not a mystic.
Her left thigh has a thickening or bulge, and both feet disappear into a haze of light and rather muddy colours. In Nude in the Bath —38 , Marthe is depersonalized and cut in half, with only her legs visible. Modern Art — The Highlights. A usual colour scheme here would be split analogous, yellow against red-pinkish to green-blue but Bonnard has fresh greens in the far wall and carpet, and clearly feels they are necessary, although he may have reduced them a little in the wallpaper. Each painting is an adventure, an attempt to make a pleasing result as the paint is applied and the scene takes shape. Artists Pierre Bonnard. The tension between them seems to pull the composition in half.
Content compiled and written by The Art Story Contributors. But an indeterminate artwork need not be any less powerful for that. When he met Monet in , he tried his hand at landscapes but very quickly restricted the space to a garden, an interior or a bathroom, the intimate places where he could combine the play of light on the skin with decorative motifs - flowers, plants, tiles, drapes, etc. Pierre Bonnard The Yellow Boat c. But he also understood it as a sensory experience, and a way of apprehending the world.
The common factor between the improbable duo of Bacon and Heron was a fascination with brush strokes. There was a lot more to be got out of color. Conservation and Restoration. Bonnard uses an original, almost cinematographic high-angle viewpoint. That nude study has splendid vitality, but some odd features when we look closely. Twitter Facebook Email Pinterest Share this page. National Galleries of Scotland, Edinburgh.