About the Author
Pierre Bonnard was born in 1867 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, outside Paris. He studied law, but had taken painting as his profession by his mid-20s, and had his first gallery exhibit before he was 30. He showed in the Salon des Independants and worked with a group of painters, including Edouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis, who called themselves the Nabis, from the Hebrew for prophet. Influences on his work ranged from Symbolism to Cubism, and in every variation of his style, his longtime muse and eventual wife Marthe appears over and over, ever youthful. His reputation has strengthened considerably since his death in 1947, so much so, as Stanley Meisler writes, "that Bonnard is now widely regarded as one of our century's most complex and masterful painters".
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