The Late Interiors
January 27–April 19, 2009
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.