Le Café (Detail), 1915, oil on canvas, 73 x 106,4 cm, Tate, Presented by Sir Michael Sadler through, The Art Fund 1941 © 2011, ProLitteris, Zurich
Place Clichy (Detail), 1906/07, oil on canvas, 102,1 × 116,6 cm, Private collection © 2012, ProLitteris, Zurich
La Symphonie pastorale (Detail), 1916–1920, oil on canvas, Musée d’Orsay, Paris, Schenkung Fondation Meyer 2009 Photo: © Musée d’Orsay © 2012, ProLitteris, Zurich
La Grande Baignoire (Detail), 1937–1939, oil on canvas, Privatsammlung Photo: © Volker Naumann © 2012, ProLitteris, Zurich
Pierre Bonnard 29.01. - 13.05.2012

With the exhibition “Pierre Bonnard”, the Fondation Beyeler celebrates the great French colorist and one of the most fascinating of modern artists. More than 60 paintings from renowned museums and private collections provide insight into all phases of his career. Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947) was a co-founder of an artist‘s group known as the Nabis, who admired the style of Paul Gauguin and Japanese woodblock prints. In Paris, Bonnard depicted the bustling life on the streets and in the cafés, before retiring first to Normandy, very close to Monet‘s water-lily garden, then to the sunny Côte d‘Azur, where he was inspired by the light and colors of the Mediterranean environment. Continually experimenting, he produced variants in ever-new color combinations and from surprising points of view on subjects from everyday life, in which time only apparently seems to stand still. The artist‘s favorite model was the mysterious Marthe, his muse and wife. Bonnard created harmonious still lifes, enigmatic interiors, intimate female nudes, moving self-portraits, and decorative landscapes whose magnificent palette is unique in modern art.