Yesterday John and I visited the Musée d'Orsay specifically to see the Pierre Bonnard retrospective.
The exhibition begins with early works like Le Grand Jardin, 1895.
Bonnard was a master of erotic studies of the female form. Femme assoupie sur un lit, dit aussi L'indolente, 1899.
No one painted pets with such good humour, like this self-satisfied, stretching cat.
La Table, 1925.
A detail from above. We love Bonnard's mushy painting style and sunny Mediterranean colours.
Coin de salle à manger au Cannet, ca 1932.
Nu dans un intérieur, 1912-1914.
La Table de toilette, 1908.
La Toilette, also called Nu au miroir, also called Nu deviant la glace, 1931.
La Cheminee, also called Femme a sa toilette, 1916.
L'Homme et la femme, 1900.
Nu rose, tête ombrée, 1919
Baignoire, also called Le Bain, 1925
At one point Bonnard bought a box Kodak camera and reveled in photographing family, friends and fellow artists. This is his snap of artist, Jean-Édouard Vuillard .
L'après-midi bourgeoise, also called La Famille Terrasse, 1900.
Detail of the above. Another of those fabulous pets.
Paysage méridional: Le Cannet, 1928.
The exhibition ends with a collection of Bonnard's commissions for murals.
This one was acquired by the Musée d'Orsay in 1946. En barque, 1907.
It's a marvelous, inspiring show that we highly recommend if you visit Paris this spring/summer. This is me at the shop counter with his handful of postcards.