• Short Summary

    WIDELY-CONTRASTING WORKS BY FRENCH ARTIST, PIERRE BONNARD, OFTEN TERMED THE MOST IMPORTANT "PURE PAINTER" OF HIS GENERATION, HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS FOR ITS WINTER EXHIBITION IN LONDON.

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    WIDELY-CONTRASTING WORKS BY FRENCH ARTIST, PIERRE BONNARD, OFTEN TERMED THE MOST IMPORTANT "PURE PAINTER" OF HIS GENERATION, HAVE BEEN CHOSEN BY THE ROYAL ACADEMY OF ARTS FOR ITS WINTER EXHIBITION IN LONDON.

    BORN IN FONTENAY-AUX-ROSES IN 1867, BONNARD DIED IN 1947. IN ALL STAGES OF A LONG AND PRODUCTIVE CAREER, HE WAS ESSENTIALLY AN INVENTIVE ARTIST, WITH EACH PHASE OF HIS DEVELOPMENT MARKED BY NEW AND SPECIFIC QUALITIES. ONLY A SMALL BAND OF FOREIGN PAINTERS HAVE BEEN ELECTED HONORARY MEMBERS OF THE ROYAL ACADEMY, AND BONNARD IS ONE THEM - ELECTED ON THE NOMINATION OF AUGUSTUS JOHN IN 1940. INSURANCE VALUES OF HIS WORKS ON SHOW, COLLECTED FROM 14 COUNTRIES EXCEED 8,000,000 STERLING - FAR HIGHER THAN THE FIGURE FOR ANY PREVIOUS WINTER EXHIBITION.

    AT THE AGE OF 22, BONNARD SOLD A CHAMPAGNE POSTER FOR 100 FRANCS AND DECIDED TO BECOME AN ARTIST. HIS FLAIR FOR DECORATION MADE HIM ONE OF THE FIRST TRUE ARTISTS OF HIS TIME TO BE ATTRACTED TO POSTER DESIGN. HIS EARLIEST PAINTINGS ARE SIMPLE FLOWER PIECES AND LANDSCAPES, BUT IN THE LATE 1890'S AND 1900'S HE BEGAN TO EXPERIMENT WITH ONE OF HIS FAVOURITE THEMES - THE PAINTINGS OF NUDES... AND SEVERAL ARE INCLUDED IN THE EXHIBITION. "NUDE BEFORE A MIRROR", PAINTED IN 1933 IS A TYPICAL EXAMPLE.

    DEMONSTRATING BONNARD'S GREAT VERSATILITY ARE PAINTINGS OF STILL-LIFE SUBJECTS, SUCH AS "NATURE MORTE AUX BANANNES" (1925), AND SOME SELF PORTRAITS, WHICH HE PAINTED IN LATER YEARS. THESE, FRIENDS HAVE SAID, BROUGHT OUT SOMETHING OF HIS LONELINESS AFTER THE DEATH OF HIS WIFE IN 1940. THE EXHIBITION IS THE LARGEST AND MOST REPRESENTATIVE BONNARD COLLECTION TO BE HELD ANYWHERE IN THE WORLD. SOME PAINTINGS FROM THE ARTIST'S STUDIO HAVE NEVER PREVIOUSLY BEEN SEEN IN PUBLIC.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA8ZRG8J78JOQYI47DJN10SPNF
    Media URN:
    VLVA8ZRG8J78JOQYI47DJN10SPNF
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    03/01/1966
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:34:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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