Pierre Bonnard. Painting Arcadia
After the Bonnard exhibitions held the world over, the Musee d'Orsay, which manages the artist's output, owed it to itself to devote a retrospective to him that is representative of all his creative periods.
Practicing art in its multifarious forms, Bonnard advocated a basically decorative esthetic, fuelled by sharp, humorous observations drawn from his immediate surroundings.
From the small picture to the large format, from the portrait to the still life, from the intimate scene to the pastoral subject, from the urban landscape to the ancient setting, Bonnard's work reveals an instinctive and supremely sensitive artist.
His palette of bright, luminous colors makes him one of the leading exponents of modern art and an eminent representative of the Arcadian movement.