"The important thing is to remember what most impressed you and to put it on canvas as fast as possible." P. Bonnard

"One of the most wonderful things about Bonnard is his lack of affectation. He freely admitted to pursuing art, not because of some great drive to create and discover, but because he thought more conventional pursuits were boring. His greatest fear was enduring a life of mediocrity and routine. Luckily for him, he had a talent for painting. That gift, combined with a felicitous knack for deep and enduring friendships, served him throughout his life."

French painter and printmaker, b. Oct. 3, 1867, Fontenay-aux-Roses, d. Jan. 23, 1947, Le Cannet. He studied at the Académie Julian and the École des Beaux-Arts (1888–89). In the 1890s he became a leading member of the Nabis group and came under the influence of Art Nouveau and Japanese prints. With his friend Édouard Vuillard, he developed the intimate domestic interior scene, a genre known as Intimism, depicting fashionable Parisian life in the years before World War I. He also produced still lifes, self portraits, seascapes and large-scale decorative paintings.... Bonnard was one of the greatest colorists of modern art.

...He has been described as "the most thoroughly idiosyncratic of all the great 20th-century painters", and the unusual vantage points of his compositions rely less on traditional modes of pictorial structure than voluptuous color, poetic allusions and visual wit. Identified as a late practitioner of Impressionism in the early 20th century, Bonnard has since been recognized for his unique use of color and his complex imagery. "It's not just the colors that radiate in a Bonnard", writes Roberta Smith, "there’s also the heat of mixed emotions, rubbed into smoothness, shrouded in chromatic veils and intensified by unexpected spatial conundrums and by elusive, uneasy figures."
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