Tate Modern to mount Pierre Bonnard exhibition

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947), ‘The Studio with Mimosas,’ 1939-46, National Museum of Modern Art – Pompidou Center Photo © Pompidou Center, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palace

LONDON – In January, Tate Modern will stage the UK’s first major Pierre Bonnard exhibition in 20 years, showing the work of this innovative and much-loved French painter in a new light.

The exhibition will bring together around 100 of his greatest works from museums and private collections around the world. It will reveal how Bonnard’s intense colors and modern compositions transformed painting in the first half of the 20th century and will celebrate his unparalleled ability to capture fleeting moments, memories and emotions on canvas.

Pierre Bonnard – like his friend Henri Matisse – had a profound impact on modern painting and influenced artists like Mark Rothko and Patrick Heron. Spanning four decades from the emergence of Bonnard’s unique style in 1912 to his death in 1947, Tate Modern’s exhibition will show how the artist constructed his vibrant landscapes and intimate domestic scenes from memory. It will explore overlooked areas of the artist’s activities – from his frequent travels around France and his practice of working on different subjects side by side, to his response to the crises of both World War I and World War II.