Born: 03 October 1867; Fontenay-aux-Roses, Hauts-de-Seine, France
Died: 23 January 1947; Le Cannet, French Riviera, France
Field: painting, printmaking
Art Movement: Post-Impressionism
School or Group: Les Nabis
A French painter and printmaker, Pierre Bonnard was a post-impressionist, and founding member of the avant-garde group Les Nabis. Bonnard lived an uneventful childhood, and entered into the University of Paris in 1896 to study law. One year later, he enrolled in the Academie Julian, a liberal Parisian art school, where he met Paul Serusier, Mauris Denis, Henri Ibels, and Paul Ransom. The five friends, all of similar artistic inclination, joined together to form Les Nabis, a group of avant-garde post-impressionist painters.
The first exhibition of his works was in 1891, at the Salon des Independants, and the first exhibition of the work of the Nabis in the same year. In addition to paintings, Bonnard was a prolific artist, producing furniture and textile deigns, puppets for puppet shows, painted screens, stage sets, and illustrated books. After 1900, he began spending more time in the countryside between Normandy and Paris, producing a great number of landscapes. Beginning in 1906, Bonnard began his annual one-man exhibitions at an art firm that had exclusive rights to his works, which were traditionally impressionistic, albeit with an enhance color palette.