Artist Pierre Bonnard at the Tate, London, UK.

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Artist Pierre Bonnard at the Tate, London, UK.
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Tate Modern presents 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 brings together around 100 of his greatest works from museums and private collections around the world. It reveals how Bonnard’s intense colours and modern compositions transformed painting in the first half of the 20th century, and celebrates 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, this exhibition shows 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. These motifs can be seen in breakthrough works like Dining Room in the Country 1913 (Minneapolis Institute of Art) in which he brought interior and exterior spaces together to create a vibrant atmosphere, while the bright colours of works like The Lane at Vernonnet 1912-14 (Scottish National Gallery of Modern Art, Edinburgh) exemplify how his joyful palette could still evoke the poignancy of a moment gone forever.
Location: Tate Modern, London.

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