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Legion of Honor Museum
January 15, 2016

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia

The Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia exhibit has ended. Please visit Legion of Honor for current exhibitions.

"Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia" is the first major international presentation of Pierre Bonnard’s work to be mounted on the West Coast in half a century. The exhibition will feature more than 70 works that span the artist’s complete career, from his early Nabi masterpieces, through his experimental photography, to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.

The exhibition celebrates Bonnard (French, 1867–1947) as one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. Several themes from Bonnard’s career will emerge, including the artist’s great decorative commissions where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France, where windows link interior and exterior spaces, and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects.

Among the many significant paintings on view will be "Man and Woman" (1900, Musée d’Orsay), in which the artist has depicted his lifelong companion and one of his constant subjects, Marthe de Méligny. Also featured will be such masterpieces as "The Boxer (Self-Portrait)" (1931, Musée d’Orsay) and "The Work Table" (1926–1937, National Gallery of Art); and decorative panels and screens, including "View from Le Cannet" (1927, Musée Bonnard) and "Pleasure" (1906–1910, Musée d’Orsay).

"Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia" will offer a fresh interpretation of Bonnard's repertoire and a reconsideration of the artist as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism.

Tickets for the museum and this special exhibition can be purchased on site or online at the Legion of Honor.

Bring a group of 10 or more to see Bonnard at the Legion of Honor and take advantage of special group benefits, which include discounted tickets, no waiting in line at the admissions desk, private docent-led tours, and priority booking with access to preferred time and date. For more information, and to download a group order form, please visit Group Visits. Please note, private tours are extremely limited.

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