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Meet the Masters

PRINT:

THE ROSE ROAD

Post Impressionism

ANNONCIADE MUSEUM

Date: 1934

ARTIST:

BONNARD, PIERRE (Boh-Nahr, Pee-air) (1867-1947)

Grade Three

ST. TROPEZ, FRANCE

Size: Unknown Medium: Unknown

ARTIST - Pierre Bonnard lived quietly and unobtrusively. Very early in his life, he met the young woman whom he married in 1925. She appears in many of his paintings, as a nude, combing her hair, or as a shadowy figure at a table, window or in a boat.

At first Bonnard was destined for a career in law. However, he turned to painting professionally after having sold a poster to advertise champagne. He gradually became successful by selling lithographs, posters and illustrations. Occasionally, he designed for Louis Tiffany.

PRINT - The Rose Road is a beautiful example of Bonnard's love for texture. His intense reds and blues painted in broken brush strokes create an overall feeling of pattern and texture on his canvas. We can see the Impressionist influence in the use of light in the colors and forms. Although we only see the light worked into the roads and shrubs, we can see its full intensity on the front of the house. The house also serves as a counterpoint to the broken brush strokes of the road and landscape.

PORTFOLIO E PAIRED WITH:

UTRILLO STREET IN MONTMARTRE

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