C C Land Exhibition. Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory at Tate Modern, January 23 – May 6, 2019

“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 colours 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. 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. At once sensuous and melancholy, these paintings express moments lost in time – the view from a window, a stolen look at a lover, or an empty room at the end of a meal.” — Tate Modern

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
. Window Open on the Seine (Vernon) (Fenêtre ouverte sur la Seine (Vernon)), 1911-12. Oil paint on canvas, 780 x 1055 mm. (c) Ville de Nice Musée des Beaux-Arts Jules Chéret. Photo Muriel ANSSENS

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
Dining Room in the Country, 1913. 
Oil on canvas, 
1645 x 2057 mm. 
Minneapolis Institute of Art

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
Coffee (Le Café), 1915. Oil paint on canvas, 730 x 1064 mm. Tate

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
L’Ete (Summer), 1917. Oil on canvas, 2600 x 3400 mm. Fondation Marguerite et Aimé Maeght, Saint-Paul- France

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
Nude Crouching in the Tub, 1918. 
Oil paint on canvas, 
830 x 730 mm. Paris, musée d’Orsay
Photo © Musée d’Orsay, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais/Patrice Schmidt

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
Nude in the Bath (Nu dans le bain), 1936-8. 
Oil paint on canvas, 
930 x 1470 mm
. Musée d’Art moderne de la Ville de Paris/ Roger-Viollet

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
Nude in an Interior, c. 1935. 
Oil paint on canvas, 
1340 x 692 mm
. National Gallery of Art, Washington, USA

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
The Studio with Mimosas, 1939-46. 
Oil paint on canvas, 
1275 x 1275 mm. 
Musée National d’Art Moderne – Centre Pompidou
Photo (C) Centre Pompidou, MNAM-CCI, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947). 
Self Portrait, c.1938. 
Oil paint on canvas, 
560 x 685 mm. 
Private Collection

Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory is curated at Tate Modern by Matthew Gale, Head of Displays, with Helen O’Malley and Juliette Rizzi, Assistant Curators. The exhibition is organised by Tate Modern in collaboration with Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek, Copenhagen and Kunstforum Wien.

Images courtesy Tate Modern.