Pierre Bonnard: Nature morte (1939)

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Pierre Bonnard, Nature morte signed Bonnard (lower left) oil on canvas 21 by 20 ¾ in. 53.3 by 52.7 cm. Executed in 1939, Image Source: Sotheby’s

“A scintillating vision of the domestic everyday, Nature morte from 1939 embodies the expressive possibilities of light and color. A superlative example of Pierre Bonnard’s late still lifes, the present work dates to the year in which the artist permanently relocated to the Côte d’Azur as a consequence of the Second World War and subsequently experimented with his most radically vibrant palettes. Nature morte typifies the revolutionary vitalization of still life scenes that positions Bonnard as among the greatest twentieth-century pioneers of this genre…Communicating a potent dialogue between forms, Nature morte evinces Bonnard’s radical approach to spatial design. The voluminous modeling of the fruit contradicts the surrounding interior, whose myriad juxtaposing patterns defy a fixed sense of perspective. Instead of recessing towards a vanishing…

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