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still life, picnic

 

Pierre Bonnard

France, 1867-1947

Nature morte à la théière (Still life with Teapot), 1936-37

Oil on canvas

15 1/4 x 18 1/4 in.

Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Bequest, 2000

A member of the Nabis group during the 1890s and a friend of Vuillard, Bonnard emphasized color, luminosity, and subjectivity in his art. His later works, such as this still life, painted decades after the emergence of Fauvism and Cubism, seem closer in spirit to Impressionism than to the avant-garde movements of the 20th century. However, Bonnard stated that he wanted to go beyond the Impressionists with a more expressive use of color and a more rigorous compositional structure.