Washington, D. C.: The Phillips Collection shows »Bonnard's World«

The whisper of color: Bonnard's artistic cosmos

A master of color: Pierre Bonnard is considered one of the quiet leaders of modernism. In Washington, D.C., The Phillips Collection is organizing a comprehensive exhibition of his work. Bonnard's World opens on March 2.

March 02, 2024
Pierre Bonnard, Nature morte – Fruchtschale, etwa 1924 bis 1930
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Pierre Bonnard, Nature morte – Fruit Bowl, ca. 1924 to 1930, oil on canvas, 35.5 x 36.5 cm, Staatsgalerie Stuttgart

He was a painter for painters: Pierre Bonnard's work was admired by fellow artists and critics, but for a long time he remained relatively unknown outside this small circle. It was only after his death that his leading position in modernism was recognized by the general public and his paintings were appreciated accordingly. For example, some of Bonnard's works were exhibited at documenta III in Kassel in 1964, almost 20 years after his death. Bonnard often painted interiors, but the most important thing for him was not the painted object or scene, but the color and light. Through them, the painter conveyed emotions and atmosphere, the fleeting aspects of everyday life. Bonnard is regarded as one of the painters who developed his own style, which could not really be assigned to an art movement. The Phillips Collection in Washington, D.C. is opening an exhibition with the fitting title Bonnard's World, in which highly acclaimed paintings as well as virtually unknown works provide a comprehensive look at the painter's oeuvre. The exhibits can be seen there from March 2 to June 2.

In his early years, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was part of the student artists' group Nabis, which aimed to raise the profile of decorative aspects of painting in particular. Bonnard is difficult for art historians to categorize; he is classified as either Post-Impressionism, Symbolism or Intimism, a little-known intermediate movement between the first two.Art.Salon

Pierre Bonnard, Selbstporträt, 1945
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Pierre Bonnard, Self-portrait, 1945, oil on canvas, 55.2 x 45.8 cm, Inv.2028, Fondation Bemberg, Toulouse

Recent auction results of Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard - Salon des Cent: 23me exposition d\'ensemble
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La Collection Sam Josefowitz : Ensemble d'estampes fin de siècle
April 2024
Christies, Paris (Online Auction)
Est.: 3.000 - 5.000 EUR
Realised: 1.890 EUR
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Pierre Bonnard - Paul Verlaine, Parallèlement, Ambroise Vollard, Paris
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Prints and Multiples
April 2024
Christies, New York
Est.: 8.000 - 12.000 USD
Realised: 6.930 USD
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Pierre Bonnard - Poule et poussins
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Art Impressionniste & Moderne : OEuvres choisies
April 2024
Christies, Paris
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 EUR
Realised: 126.000 EUR
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Pierre Bonnard - Femme assise au chapeau noir
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Art Impressionniste & Moderne
April 2024
Christies, Paris
Est.: 30.000 - 50.000 EUR
Realised: not available
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Pierre Bonnard - Jeunes filles et chiens ou Les Demoiselles Natanson ou Les Quatre Jeunes Filles
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20th / 21st Century: London Evening Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 600.000 - 800.000 GBP
Realised: 504.000 GBP
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Pierre Bonnard - Nu assis se reflétant dans un miroir
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Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 80.000 - 120.000 GBP
Realised: 50.400 GBP
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Pierre Bonnard - Paysage, arbres fruitiers
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Impressionist and Modern Art Day and Works on Paper Sale
March 2024
Christies, London
Est.: 100.000 - 150.000 GBP
Realised: 126.000 GBP
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Pierre Bonnard - L\'Enfant à la Lampe; Place le Soir 2
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.000 - 3.000 USD
Realised: 1.664 USD
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Pierre Bonnard - Scène de Famille
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Prints & Multiples
March 2024
Bonhams, Los Angeles
Est.: 2.500 - 3.500 USD
Realised: 2.432 USD
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