Bonnard in Normandy
April 1 - July 3, 2011
In 1910 Pierre Bonnard rented La Roulotte, a house in Vernonnet, five kilometres from Giverny. Two years later he bought the house and stayed there regularly until 1938, the year he moved permanently to Le Cannet. During these years the artist painted more than one hundred landscapes inspired by Vernonnet and its surroundings.
This period is of particular depth and strength. At the start of the new century his art became progressively directed towards a stronger and freer use of color, an exploration parallel to that being carried out at the same time by his friend and neighbor Claude Monet. During this period Bonnard was working on all the themes that he was later to develop: prinicpally the landscape but also domestic scenes, nudes and still-lifes, as well as decorative painting.
Eighty or so paintings and drawings were brought together at Giverny to commemorate this productive period. The exhibition featured a section of photographs of the artist in Normandy and an extensive set of letters and archive documents.
This exhibition received loans from the musée d'Orsay, the Centre Pompidou, the musée Bonnard in Le Cannet, as well as from other museums, galleries and collectors.