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Pierre Bonnard: The Late Still Lifes and Interiors [Hardcover]

Jack Flam , Rémi Labrusse , Jacqueline Munck , Rika Burnham , Dita Amory

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Book Description

Feb. 24 2009 Metropolitan Museum of Art

Working in his villa in the south of France, Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) suffused his late canvases with radiant Mediterranean light and dazzling color. Although his subjects were close at hand—usually everyday domestic scenes—Bonnard rarely painted from life. Instead, he made pencil sketches in diaries and relied on these, along with his memory, as he executed the works in his studio. These interiors thus often conflate details from the artist’s daily life with fleeting, mysterious evocations of his past. The spectral figures who appear at the margins of the canvases, overshadowed by brilliantly colored baskets of fruit or other props, create an atmosphere of profound ambiguity and puzzling abstraction: the mundane rendered in a wholly new pictorial language.


The 75 paintings, drawings, and watercolors in this volume, some rarely seen treasures from private collections, all made between 1923 and 1947, are central to the ongoing reappraisal of Bonnard as a leading figure of French modernism.

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Metropolitan Museum of Art (Feb. 24 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 9780300148893
  • ISBN-13: 978-0300148893
  • ASIN: 0300148895
  • Product Dimensions: 31 x 24 x 3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #246,098 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“. . . this handsome volume includes seventy-five carefully selected works from galleries and private collections from around the world . . .  These works are fresh, engaging and superbly presented in a book that will warm the heart of each and every art lover.” — Good Book Guide
(Good Book Guide 2009-05-01)

About the Author

Dita Amory is Associate Curator, Robert Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.

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Amazon.com: 3.2 out of 5 stars  6 reviews
38 of 38 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars mediocre April 20 2009
By akrmu - Published on Amazon.com
After seeing the wonderful exhibit at the Met, I was all set to buy this book. What a disappointment. I can't say anything about the text which is probably distinguished, but the Yale U. press and the Met should be ashamed of themselves for the poor quality of these reproductions that aren't even close to better books that suggest the nuances and richness of Bonnard's great paintings. The high price of art books is justified by high quality reproductions. This is not.
27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Montreal painter April 24 2009
By Amy Huestis - Published on Amazon.com
This show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art was stunning and it's a shame that the catalogue is such a stinker. The reproductions are terrible -- nothing like Bonnard's colour. The contrast is super high and the colour is very heightened and garish.
19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing reproductions April 18 2009
By NRL - Published on Amazon.com
A very technical book of a wonderful exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Small reproduction that do not do justice to the paintings that were shown.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pierre Bonnard The Late Still Lifes and Interiors Aug. 3 2012
By CCC - Published on Amazon.com
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Not being fortunate enough to see this exhibition, I found that this book conveys the spirit of Bonnard's work thoughtfully. The quality of the reproductions may not be the best but the writing is informative and worthwhile.
4.0 out of 5 stars Pierre Bonnard March 11 2013
By Annette S. Kirby - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
I used this book for my thesis last year. Its very good. I also have written a comment already about it.

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