Sunday, February 1, 2009

Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors

If there is ever a reason to make a pilgrimage to New York to see a museum exhibition, it would be to see Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors at The Metropolitan Museum of Art that runs through April 19, 2009. It is a beautiful show of 80 paintings, drawings and watercolors from the artist's later years hung in the wonderful Lehman Galleries. I had a chance to see it Sunday and the bright and sunny colors had be dreaming of spring. I know you will love it too.

The demands and the pleasures of seeing, and its reward, crude seeing and intelligent seeing. -Pierre Bonnard

There is always color, it has yet to become light. - Pierre Bonnard

Purple in the grays. Vermilion in the orange. Shadows on a cold, fine day. - Pierre Bonnard

In trying to do what I have never done, give the impression one has on entering a room: one sees everything and at the same time nothing. - Pierre Bonnard

Color does not add a pleasant quality to design - it reinforces it. - Pierre Bonnard

18 comments:

Penelope Bianchi said...

Completely divine and enchanting!

Penelope

Zelda said...

so adorable !

Scott Fazzini said...

Truly beautiful, thanks for sharing!

Renee Finberg said...

love his work,,,,,

xxx

pve design said...

I studied "Bonnard" and one of my most favorite thing about him is that he was a "barrista" - that and the incredibly intense color!
pve

Laurie Reynolds said...

he's one of my favorite painters! ever since one of my professors introduced me to his work in college, he's had a big impact on my own painting. thanks for sharing and i can't wait to check it out!

Laura said...

Lovely...has sort of Gaugin-ish quality to it...except not in Tahiti..

Anonymous said...

Look at the way he puts together colors. Those colors would make great interior combinations.

Ivy Lane said...

Stunning and uplifting!

Lisa Borgnes Giramonti said...

Oh, I long to see these in person...I may have to make a trip to NYC for this very reason!

Patricia Gray said...

What a beautiful exhibition. I miss you, you never comment on my Blog anymore??
Any more sightings of AH?

fromtherightbank said...

I've always found Bonnard to be so inspirational. I'll definitely be going to this show when I'm back in NY next month.

Gina said...

these soft pastels are great, would love to see it

Gina from Germany
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annechovie said...

Wow, what an exhibit! I saw a few pieces of his at the Met last time I was in town and he remains one of my perennial faves. Great post, Heather - thanks!

hmstrjam said...

i can't wait to see this show!

Leslie Harris / interior design said...

Thanks for reminding me of Bonnard. I used to refer to his work when I was studying painting in college. I had forgotten about him completely.

Leslie Harris

Jules @ Lovely Las Vegas said...

very lovely, cozy colours and scenes. gazing at these as transported me to a little peaceful bubble for the afternoon.

Fifi Flowers said...

LOVE his work... I saw an exhibit of his while I was in Paris... truly WONDERFUL!

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