Vermilion in the orange shadows: Bonnard’s Late Painting

This talk by Associate Curator Dita Amory focuses on the late interiors and related still-life imagery of Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) in the context of French modernism. She describes Bonnard’s ways of seeing and his artistic process in comparison to the processes of his contemporaries—including Pablo Picasso (1881-1973)—and of the Impressionists. Touching on both the criticism and praise bestowed upon Bonnard and his work, Amory concludes with evidence of the artist’s influence on later painters. This is the first of three videos recorded on February 8, 2009, in conjunction with the special exhibition “Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors,” on view at the Met January 27 through April 19, 2009.