PUBLISHER
Hatje Cantz

BOOK FORMAT
Hardcover, 10.75 x 12.25 in. / 176 pgs / 117 color.

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Pub Date
Out of print

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Catalog: SPRING 2012 p. 21   

PRODUCT DETAILS
ISBN 9783775732659 TRADE
List Price: $75.00 CDN $90.00

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Basel, Switzerland
Fondation Beyeler, 01/29/12-04/22/12

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HATJE CANTZ

Pierre Bonnard

Text by Evelyn Benesch, Ulf Küster, et al.

Featured image, "Les Jarretières rouges" (ca. 1906), is reproduced from <I>Pierre Bonnard</I>.Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) concocted gentle deliriums of color in quiet domestic scenes: views of a table set for lunch, a garden view, a woman adjusting a bouquet or, most famously, the artist’s wife bathing, all infused with an infectious chromatic delight. “It seemed to me that it was possible to translate light, forms and character using nothing but color,” he once wrote, “without recourse to values.” Bonnard lavishes his domestic scenes with a palpable tenderness that later led to his style (and that of his colleague Eduoard Vuillard) being dubbed “Intimiste.” In the 1880s Bonnard was a founding member of the Nabi group, along with his close friends Paul Sèrusier, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson and Edouard Vuillard. Their Post-Impressionist aesthetic favored emotional tangibility over observational truth, and their paintings reveled in heightened effects of pattern, prompted by a shared predilection for Japanese decorative arts and prints. In Bonnard’s case, this predilection led to an experimentation with many forms, such as lithography, illustration, interior design and photography. For this catalogue and the exhibition it accompanies, the Fondation Beyeler has gathered an extraordinary selection of Bonnard’s paintings from institutions and private collections around the world, compiling an ideal introduction to Bonnard’s life-affirming vision.

Featured image, "Les Jarretières rouges" (ca. 1906), is reproduced from Pierre Bonnard.

Pierre Bonnard

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FROM THE BOOK
"It is Bonnard who sets the tone, not nature… By means of a slow progression, he thus reshapes a universe in which every atom has been patiently re-created… A 'transubstantiation' has taken place in the interval. It is the first stage of his conquest. The second takes place over time, by which I mean that the transposition of form and color becomes freer, more magnificent, and with an ever-broader range throughout the whole length of his career. This concentration, this gradually increasing purity of means, this effort to transcend the concrete is what we customarily call abstraction… A total conception of space and color that propels painting along its broadest, most authentic path."

-Jean Bazaine, quoted by Marina Ferretti Bocquillon in Pierre Bonnard

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