Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard Dining Room on the Garden oil on canvas 126.8 x 135.3 cm 1934-35

Pierre Bonnard The Dining Room in the Country 161.3 x 203.2 cm 1913  

Has there ever been such a colorist as Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)? The colors are close in value, making differences in hue the essential thing. He paints like a man who had a happy childhood, which he did. 

His elipses are always a little off, and sometimes his angles, which adds a charming sense of ease to his work.

Thanks to Roger Brown for suggesting Bonnard.

Draw your pleasure, paint your pleasure, and express your pleasure strongly.
-Pierre Bonnard

Inspired by the paintings of Gabriella Soraci, the month of October will be devoted to looking at paintings that use a window as a central subject. I plan to alternate between contemporary artists and artists from the past. If you have a suggestion (not your own work please), please email me an image along with a few sentences about the work.


  1. Taryn,Thank you for your great blog(s)! I love this new blog, as well as your older one! I look forward to seeing both, and appreciate all of your efforts in both painting, and research!

  2. What a beautiful surprise to see these two paintings as I wake on a dull wet morning, thanks Roger for suggesting them!

  3. Matisse many open windows at Colliere

  4. Vermeer's Girl Reading Letter at Open Window. Several nice Raoul Dufy through window views. Picasso, and a Gris collage.


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