This project aims – with the aid of a wide selection of Bonnard’s masterpieces – to reveal the artist’s unique approach and his deep connection with his surroundings. The Musée Bonnard decided to present its collection through the lens of the Mediterranean and especially of Le Cannet, where the painter set up home in the early 1920s. Bonnard was bowled over by the region’s light, which tried his heightened sense of observation and his sensitivity to their limits. This exhibition, which has been deliberately organised by date and theme, is enhanced by more than twenty additional loans from private collections, stretching from Bonnard’s first posters to the final flowering of his Le Cannet paintings.
This book is based on the catalogue published for the 150th anniversary of Bonnard’s birth, and expanded to include the new works on show. The carefully documented texts and notes were drafted by Véronique Serrano, Head Curator of the Musée Bonnard.
Le Cannet, Musée Bonnard, July - November 2020
Bonnard. Le Cannet in the Limelight
From St-Tropez to Le Cannet
The First Lithographs
Nannies' Promenade, Frieze with Carriages
Childhood - Uncle Pierre
Intimism & Intimacy
Intimacy, models and lady-friends. Marthe and the others
Le Cannet Landscapes
The Part of the Shadow