Art expert: Pierre Bonnard, magician of colors

From his first canvases with decorative flat areas inspired by Japanese prints to "L'Amandier", the ultimate masterpiece that he rectified until his last breath in Le Cannet, in 1947, the exhibition "Bonnard, colors and light" retraces his artistic career. "His ability to transfigure reality and make it magical makes Pierre Bonnard one of the great magicians of painting" , underlines Guy Tosatto, director of the Grenoble Museum. " His work is an ode to light and colors. He is one of the great visionaries of 20th Century painting ", abounds Sophie Bernard, in charge of the museum's collections and curator of this exhibition, imagined with the Musée d ' Orsay, with exceptional loans from several other French museums. The route is divided into six themes linked to the common thread of light, colors, or places - from Normandy to the South of France - which have innervated the luminous style of this painter, in the wake of the post-impressionist movement Nabi. One of the sections devotes his great work to the female nude, a recurring theme often inspired by Marthe, the woman who shared his life and became his muse. In addition to the 80 paintings gathered in Grenoble, some forty drawings, posters and photographs were added. The artist practiced photography especially in the family circle from the 1890s to the 1910s. " Theater, photography, and cinema have marked the work of Pierre Bonnard, which is a form of expression of pleasure", Guy Tosatto analyzes. According to him, the painter has " a vision of the painting as a small theater, where it is a question of organizing the light and fomenting scenarios," a form of "pictorial theater". The visit ends with a series of photos taken in 2020 by photographer Bernard Plossu in the painter's house in Le Cannet, which has remained intact since his death. During his lifetime, Pierre Bonnard had hoped that " his painting would hold without cracks and would arrive in front of the young painters of the year 2000 with butterfly wings". " When you cover a surface with colors, you have to be able to renew your game indefinitely, constantly finding new combinations of shapes and colors that meet the demands of emotions," he explained two years before his death. Read in 'France Info" Isabelle Guyader. Video: a collection of 783 paintings by Pierre Bonnard,

Art expert: Pierre Bonnard, magician of colors

From his first canvases with decorative flat areas inspired by Japanese prints to "L'Amandier", the ultimate masterpiece that he...