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May 27, 2017 — Aug 12, 2017

In the last decade of his life, artist Pierre Bonnard, moved to Le Cannet, a city he had visited many times throughout his life in France. Inspired by the brilliant quality of light in the French Riviera, Bonnard who is often recognized for his paintings of interiors, turned to the landscape producing numerous sketches and paintings of the nature that surrounded him.

Pierre Bonnard was born in 1867 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, a suburb of Paris. While he began to study law in 1886, he enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in 1887 to become a painter. With his colleagues, Maurice Denis and Paul Serusier, Bonnard was inspired by Paul Gauguin’s Symbolist approach to painting in which color took on a spiritual rather than descriptive quality. Together, these painters came to be known as the “Nabis,” a Hebrew word for prophet. Abandoning traditional perspective, the Nabis embraced flat planes of color, lyrical line quality, texture, and patterns inspired in part by Japanese prints that were popular at the time.

In 1891, Bonnard exhibited at the Salon des Independants, and in 1896 his first solo show was presented at Galerie Durand-Ruel. In 1912 he purchased a villa in Vernonnet in the Normandy region of France where he lived with his life-long partner and muse, Marthe, and made frequent visits to Giverny to visit Claude Monet.

In 1926 Bonnard purchased a villa in Le Cannet that he called “Le Bosquet,” or the grove. This became his primary home and studio during the last decade of his life, and the inspiration for the works in this exhibition.

The Hilliard University Art Museum is grateful to Mayor Michéle Tabarot and the Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet, France for allowing us to present this exhibition of works from their permanent collection.

This exhibition was made possible through the generous support of:

Platinum Sponsor:
Lafayette Consolidated Government

Gold Sponsor:
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Oats & Marino

Silver Sponsor:
Le Centre International de Lafayette
Haynie Family Foundation
Van Eaton & Romero, A Latter & Blum Company
Robertson Energy & Capital
Robert & Jolie Shelton

Bronze Sponsor:
Lafayette Economic Development Authority
Martha B. Brown
Marvin & Sue Munchrath
Ralph & Cherie Kraft
Jeffrey & Kathryn Scurlock
Jim & Lise Ann Slatten
Broussard & David, LLC
Mary B. Neiheisel

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