He ran off to Rome with another lover, leaving Marthe in the south of France. More fine paintings – including one of his best.
Gérôme’s ‘Ave Caesar’ was a visually stunning wide-angle spectacular, with its detailed reconstructions. Examined in the light of Claude, Girtin, Turner, and others.
With the end of the war, his output increased significantly. A close look at the Tate’s ‘Bowl of Milk’, and Bonnard’s continuing independence.
Marthe starts painting, but Bonnard falls in love and has an affair. More superb paintings, here mainly in northern France.
A steady stream of colourful landscapes, from the south and north of France, with many still lives, and the occasional nude figure. But Bonnard also had something of a crisis to deal with.
His paintings gain light and vibrant colour from time at Saint Tropez, and he paints a huge triptych showing the Mediterranean: one of the major paintings of the 20th century.
Focussing his development and innovation on his intimate domestic scenes, he brought a new light, more mirror play, and a first glimpse of his future style.
Paintings of boats inspired by a cruise with the composer Ravel, optical play with mirrors, and four distinctive panels for his patron Misia’s apartment.
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.