View from the Artist's Studio, Le Cannet

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Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947)
View from the Artist's Studio, Le Cannet, 1945
Oil on canvas
37 1/2 × 49 1/2 in. (95.25 × 125.73 cm)
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley M1952.7
Photo credit: John R. Glembin
© 2008 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Currently on View

With his fellow Nabis (an artists group that favored decorative over academic qualities in art), Pierre Bonnard became devoted to the properties of color and flat surface patterning. His canvases are to be experienced rather than “read.” After settling in 1926 in Le Cannet on the Côte d’Azur in Southern France, Bonnard painted over three hundred works that are imbued with the seductive light and color of Southern France. Created only two years before his death, this late landscape approaches abstraction, as the jeweled atmosphere dances across the surface so tantalizingly that the golden road leading into the background seems more like a dream than a pathway.

Publication History
Benesch, Evelyn, and Delia Ciuha. Pierre Bonnard. Ostfildern: Hatje Cantz, 2012, color illus. p. 71.

Sawinski, Catherine. From the Collection--Gril in Straw Hat (Femme au Chapeau Rouge) by Pierre Bonnard. Entry posted July 10, 2012. (accessed October 28, 2014).

Goldin, Marco. Mediterraneo: da Courbet a Monet a Matisse. Treviso: Linea d'ombra, 2010, color illus. p. 30.

Andera, Margaret, Nonie Gadsden, Britt Salvesen, and Laurie Winters. Collection Guide: Milwaukee Art Museum. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 2004, pp. 49, 72, cat. 81, color illus. p. 49.

Milwaukee Art Museum. Building a Masterpiece: Milwaukee Art Museum. New York: Hudson Hill Press, 2001, p. 129, color illus. p. 128.

Watkins, Nicholas, Adi Efal, Ruth Feldmann, and Dominique Lévy-Eisenberg. Bonnard. Tel Aviv: Tel Aviv Museum of Art, 2000, p. 122, cat. 58, color illus. p. 119.

Whitfield, Sarah and John Elderfield. Bonnard. London, England: Tate Gallery Publishing, 1998, color illus. p. 237, fig. 92.

Abe, Nobuo, ed. 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum. Translated and edited by Brain Trust Inc., Japan: 20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum Catalogue Committee, 1994, p. 60 and 130, cat. 2, color illus. p. 61.

Terrasse, Antoine. Pierre Bonnard: Leben und Werk. Cologne: DuMont Bucherverlag, 1989, color illus. p. 228.

Goldstein, Rosalie, ed. Guide to the Permanent Collection. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Museum, 1986, p. 118-119, b/w illus. p. 118.

Centre Georges Pompidou. Bonnard. Paris: Centre Georges Pompidou, 1984, p. 162, color illus. p. 57.

Fondation Maeght. Bonnard dans son lumiere. Saint Paul, France: Fondation Maeght, 1975, cat. 70, illus. p. 109.

Milwaukee Art Center. Personal Selections from the Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley Collection. New Orleans: Bradley Family Foundation, 1975, color illus. p. 15.

Albright-Knox Art Gallery. Color and Field: 1890-1970. Buffalo, New York: Albright-Knox Art Gallery, 1970, cat. 36, illus. p. 42.

Milwaukee Art Center. The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Center, 1968, cat. 4, color illus. p. 9.

National Museum of Western Arts. Bonnard. Tokyo, Japan: National Museum of Western Arts, 1968, cat. 74, pl. 139.

Terrasse, Antoine. Bonnard. Paris, France: Gullimard, 1967, p. 162, color illus.

Orangerie des Tuileries. Bonnard Centennial Exhibition. Paris: Orangerie des Tuileries, 1967, cat. 152, illus.

Haus der Kunst. Bonnard Centennial Exhibition. Munich: Haus der Kunst, 1966, cat. 133.

Bonnard. New Knowledge. Vol. 7, London: Knowledge Publications, 1966, p. 1210, color illus.

Museum of Modern Art. Bonnard and his Environment. New York: Museum of Modern Art, 1964, cat. 81, color illus. p. 100.

Milwaukee Journal, July 1, 1962, color illus.

Milwaukee Art Institute. Early 20th Century European Paintings. Milwaukee, Wisconsin: Milwaukee Art Institute, 1957, illus. p. 7.

Sidney Janis Gallery. 5th Anniversary Exhibition. New York: Sidney Janis Gallery, 1953, cat. 4, illus.

Charpier, Jacques. Haute Clémence poème. Cahiers d’art. 20-21 (1945-46): illus. p. 80.
Exhibition History
Pierre Bonnard, Fondation Beyeler, Basel, Switzerland, January 29–May 13, 2012.

Bonnard, Tel Aviv Museum of Art, Israel, November 8, 2000–February 10, 2001.

Exchange loan to Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, October 2000–April 2001 (dates incorrect?).

Pierre Bonnard, The Tate Gallery, London, February 12–May 17, 1998; Museum of Modern Art, New York, June 17–October 13,1998.

20th Century Masters from the Milwaukee Art Museum, Isetan Museum of Art, Tokyo, July 2–August 9, 1994; Matsuzakaya Art Museum, Nagoya, August 11–September 4, 1994; Hokkaido Asahikawa Museum of Art, Asahikawa, September 10–October 16, 1994; Daimaru Museum, Umeda-Osaka, October 19-November 7, 1994; Chiba Sogo Museum of Art, Chiba, November 26–December 29, 1994; Marugame Genichiro-Inokuma Museum of Contemporary Art, Marugame, January 14–February 26, 1995.

La Grande Parade Exhibition, Stedelijk Museum, Amsterdam, December, 1984–May 1985; Guggenheim Museum, New York, June–August, 1985.

Bonnard: The Late Paintings, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris, France, February 24–May 21, 1984; Phillips Collection, Washington DC, June–August, 1984; Dallas Museum of Fine Art, September–November 1984.

Bonnard dans son lumiere, Fondation Maeght, Saint Paul, France, July 12–September 28, 1975. (Withdrawn from exhibition on September 9, 1975, in order that it might be returned to Milwaukee Art Center in time for Inaugural of new wing.)

Color and Field: 1890–1970, Albright-Knox Art Gallery, Buffalo, New York, September 15–November 1, 1970; Dayton Art Institute, November 20, 1970–January 8, 1971; Cleveland Museum of Art, February 4–March 28, 1971.

The Collection of Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Milwaukee Art Center, October 25, 1968–February 23, 1969.

Bonnard, National Museum of Western Arts, Tokyo, Japan, March 20–May 5, 1968; National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan, May 11–June 16, 1968.

Bonnard Centennial Exhibition, Haus der Kunst, Munich, Germany, October 8, 1966–January 1, 1967; Orangerie des Tuileries, Paris, France, January 13–April 15, 1967.

Pierre Bonnard, 1867–1947, Royal Academy of Arts, London, winter 1966.

Bonnard and his Environment, Museum of Modern Art, New York, October 7–November 29, 1964; Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, January 8–February 28, 1965; Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Los Angeles, March 31–May 30, 1965.

Masters of Landscape: East and West, Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute, Utica, September 15–October 13, 1963; Rochester Memorial Art Gallery, Rochester, November 1–December 1, 1963.

A Selection from the Gifts and Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Harry Lynde Bradley, Milwaukee Art Center, February 1–March 4, 1962.

Early 20th Century European Paintings, Milwaukee Art Institute, Summer 1957.

Milwaukee Art Institute, February 3, 1956.

Woman's Club of Wisconsin, Milwaukee, October 1954.

Museum of Modern Art or Metropolitan Museum, New York, 1953.

5th Anniversary Exhibition, Sidney Janis Gallery, New York, September 29–October 31, 1953.

This information is subject to change as the result of ongoing research.