Pierre Bonnard

1867 - 1947

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Pierre Bonnard was a French painter, illustrator, and printmaker known for his stylized decorative paintings and bold use of color. As a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group Les Nabis, he played a significant role in the transition from Impressionism to Modernism. Bonnard's early works were influenced by Paul Gauguin's work and the prints of Japanese artists like Hokusai.

Bonnard painted various subjects, including landscapes, urban scenes, portraits, and intimate domestic scenes. In his works, the backgrounds, colors, and painting style usually took precedence over the subject itself.

Born on 3 October 1867 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, Bonnard's mother was Élisabeth Mertzdorff from Alsace, and his father, Eugène Bonnard, was a senior official in the French Ministry of War from the Dauphiné. He had a brother, Charles, and a sister, Andrée, who married composer Claude Terrasse in 1890.