Considered one of the great colourists of the early 20th century an exhibition by Pierre Bonnard of 100 of his works : the Colour of Memory has opened at London’s Tate Modern.
The exhibition shows how he constructed vibrant landscapes and intimate domestic scenes through the process of reimagining. Bonnard is known for his intimate, domestic interiors and brightly coloured landscapes bridging both Impressionism and Modernism. Bonnard preferred to work from memory which allowed his paintings to become more abstract. The artist’s wife Marthe de Méligny was a continual subject.
Bonnard’s intense colours and modern compositions transformed painting in the first half of the 20thcentury. Several of his works are exhibited out of their frames to create a sense of how they would have hung in the artist’s studio. Rather than using an easel, Bonnard chose to pin his canvases directly on the wall while working. This allowed him to roll up his canvases, and take them with him when he travelled between homes in the North and South of France. The unframed pictures also reveal how Bonnard painted very close to the edge of his canvas, sometimes painting a line to show where the frame would go.
Alongside the paintings are 15 photographs providing an intimate portrait of the couple’s domestic life.
Related events include relaxing yoga, and brunch on 26 January, and 2 and 9 February which includes a visit to the exhibition.
The exhibition in the Eyal Ofer Galleries of the Tate Modern runs until 6 May 2019.
Open daily 10.00 – 18.00 and until 22.00 Friday and Saturday
www.tate.org.uk T. 020 7887 8888