Painting Paris street scenes through the winter, Bonnard and Marthe left the city for the country and coast over the summer.
More scenes of street life in Paris, a landscape, and a Japoniste painting of Spring blossom. Bonnard also gives us glimpses of his private life with Marthe.
First of a new series looking at his paintings, discovers a startlingly beautiful three-panel screen showing a La Fontaine fable, and his Nabi paintings.
A long-time friend of Ferdinand Hodler, he was a fine maker of portrait prints, and documented Hodler at work in sketches.
‘Girl in a Red Kimono’ is a major work of Japonisme, and relied on photos as well as drawings and sketches. His name has even entered the Dutch language.
In 1882, he painted with Vincent van Gogh in The Hague. A Naturalist without realist style, he showed street life as it was, and loved Japonism too.
After a visit to Berlin, his colours became more strident, and his brushstrokes looser. He also made many woodcuts, which influenced and informed his paintings.
His later paintings, after 1858, are quite different from those he made when a member of the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. How?
It has been claimed that she “gave up painting” after marrying her more famous husband in 1884. Did his best student really stop painting like that?
He built his career from scratch three times, but today is known for his paintings of fashionable women. There is more to his art than that.