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The exhibition is made possible by The Florence Gould Foundation.

The catalogue is made possible by the Janice H. Levin Fund.

The exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors - Curatorial Talk

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Associate curator Dita Amory presents a discussion of the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947) that were on view at the Met from January 27 through April 19, 2009. Compelling metaphors for a range of sensations, the late paintings have a disquieting effect. It is these luminous late interiors that define Bonnard's modernism, and that have prompted a reappraisal of his contribution to the history of twentieth-century art.

Dita Amory, associate curator, Lehman Collection, The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Hear Columbia University poet Richard Howard read poems related to the work of Pierre Bonnard:
http://www.metmuseum.org/metmedia/video/exhibitions/curatorial-departments/ncmc/concerts/sam_hmpeg4_youtube_medium

Learn more about the exhibition Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors:
http://www.metmuseum.org/exhibitions/listings/2009/pierre-bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

The Late Interiors

January 27–April 19, 2009

Accompanied by a catalogue

The first exhibition to focus entirely on the radiant late interiors and still lifes of Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), the eighty paintings, drawings, and watercolors on display date from the artist's later years, when he centered his painting activity in his pink stucco house overlooking the Mediterranean in the village of Le Cannet. Working in a converted upstairs bedroom, Bonnard transformed the rooms and objects that surrounded him into iridescent subjects, remarkable in color, light, and vision. Compelling metaphors for a range of sensations, the late paintings convey a disquieting effect. It is these luminous late interiors that define Bonnard's modernism and prompt a reappraisal of his reputation in the history of twentieth-century art.