Pierre Bonnard

1867 Born at Fontenay-aux-Roses near Paris.

1887 Attends law school at the behest of his father but also enrols at the Académie Julian where he meets Paul Sérusier who has already painted with Gauguin in Brittany.

1889 Sworn in as a lawyer. Becomes a member of the Nabis, a group founded by Sérusier and dedicated to furthering the aims of Gauguin’s art.

1891 First Nabis group exhibition is held in the château of Saint-Germain- en-Laye. Bonnard produces a poster, France-Champagne which is well received; gives up the law to devote himself to painting.

1893 Meets Maria Boursin (Marthe), who becomes his companion and muse.

1896 Bonnard, other Nabis members and Toulouse-Lautrec design sets for the Théâtre d’Art. First one-man exhibition at Durand-Ruel.

1901 Travels to Portugal and Spain with his friend Vuillard.

1903 He is a founding member of the Salon d’Automne.

1906 Exhibits at both Ambroise Vollard’s gallery and Bernheim-Jeune.

1911 Buys his first automobile. Motoring becomes an important part of his life.

1912 Purchases a house at Vernon in Normandy.

1913 Visits Hamburg with Vuillard.

1916 Visits the Somme battlefields.

1925 Marries Marthe who suffers from ill health and becomes increasingly paranoid, discouraging visits from friends and fellow artists.

1926 Purchases a small villa ‘Le Bosquet’ at Le Cannet in the south of France. Travels to the USA to serve on the jury of the Carnegie International Exhibition.

1927 Le Bosquet becomes his main home. Retains properties in Normandy and Paris.

1942 Madame Bonnard dies.

1947 Bonnard dies at Le Cannet.


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Pierre Bonnard - Selected Works

1899 Blue Nude,Paris, Musée d'Orsay

1900 The Bourgeois Afternoon,Paris, Musée d'Orsay

1900 Man and Woman,Paris, Musée d'Orsay

1903 The Composer Claude Terrasse and his sons Jean and Charles,Paris, Musée d'Orsay

1906 A Young Woman in an Interior,London, Courtauld Institute Galleries

1908 The Box (La Loge),Paris, Musée d'Orsay

1910 After the Bath,New York, Metropolitan Museum of Art

1911 The Mediterranean Sea,Saint Petersburg, Hermitage

1912 La Place Clichy,Besançon, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie

1913 Dining Room in the Country (La Salle à manger à la campagne),Minneapolis Institute of Arts

1916 The Mantlepiece,Private Collection

1919 The Bowl of Milk,London, Tate

1924 Signac and his Friends, Sailing,Zurich, Kunsthaus

1925 The Bath,London, Tate

1928 Café 'Au Petit Poucet',Besançon, Musée des Beaux-Arts et d'Archéologie

1931 Breakfast Room(Salle à manger sur le jardin),New York, MOMA

1932 White Interior,Musée de Grenoble

1932 The Bathroom,New York, MOMA

1934 Rear View of Nude Woman at her Toilet,Paris, Musée National d'Art Moderne - Centre Georges Pompidou

1934-5 Dining Room on the Garden,New York, Guggenheim Museum

1937 Nude in the Bath,Paris, Musée d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris

1941-6 Nude in the Bath,Pittsburgh, Museum of Art

Pierre Bonnard - Featured Paintings

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