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Bonnard

The exhibition is made possible by The Florence Gould Foundation.

The catalogue is made possible by the Janice H. Levin Fund.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Poetry Selections read by Richard Howard in conjunction with "Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors"

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The exhibition Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors presents the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947). Compelling metaphors for a range of sensations, the late paintings have a disquieting effect. It is these luminous late interiors that define Bonnard's modernism, and that have prompted a reappraisal of his reputation in the history of twentieth-century art.

In conjunction with the exhibition, poet and Columbia University professor Richard Howard presents three original poems related to the works of Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947).

Introduced by curator Dita Amory, associate curator, Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Learn more about the exhibition Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors:
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2009/pierre-bonnard

Learn more about the exhibition from Curator Dita Amory:
http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/exhibitions/curatorial-departments/rl/lectures/ct_bonnard_youtube

Pierre Bonnard

The Late Interiors

January 27–April 19, 2009

Accompanied by a catalogue

The first exhibition to focus entirely on the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), the eighty paintings, drawings, and watercolors on display date from the artist's later years, when he centered his painting activity in his pink stucco house overlooking the Mediterranean in the village of Le Cannet. Working in a converted upstairs bedroom, Bonnard transformed the rooms and objects that surrounded him into iridescent subjects, remarkable in color, light, and vision. Compelling metaphors for a range of sensations, the late paintings convey a disquieting effect. It is these luminous late interiors that define Bonnard's modernism and prompt a reappraisal of his reputation in the history of twentieth-century art.