Pierre Bonnard Profile

A short profile on the great French post-impressionist painter Pierre Bonnard.

Pierre Bonnard, born in 1867, was a French painter, illustrator, and printmaker, known especially for the stylised decorative qualities of his paintings and his bold use of colour. He was a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis, and his early work was strongly influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin, and the prints of Hokusai and other Japanese artists. He was a leading figure in the transition from impressionism to modernism. He painted landscapes, urban scenes, portraits and intimate domestic scenes, where the backgrounds, colours and painting style usually took precedence over the subject. He died in 1947. Examples of his work are held in major public and private collections worldwide.

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