The NGV is bringing a huge collection of Pierre Bonnard paintings Down Under

The NGV is bringing a huge collection of Pierre Bonnard paintings Down Under

Pierre Bonnard
Stairs in the artist’s garden 1942 – 44, oil on canvas, 63.0 x 73.0 cm, National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C., Ailsa Mellon Bruce Collection

Add a splash of colour to your weary winter.

The National Gallery of Victoria has revealed that the works of iconic French painter Pierre Bonnard will cover the gallery walls next winter in an exclusive world premiere.

Presented in partnership with France’s Musee d’Orsay, the 2020 Winter Masterpieces exhibition will feature roughly 150 paintings, drawings, photographs and early cinema pieces from the beloved artist, created between the late 19th and early 20th century. Bonnard’s catalogue is celebrated for its vibrant use of colours to evoke emotions.

In addition to the impressive collection of Bonnard’s works, the NGV has commissioned designer India Mahdavi to design the exhibition’s scenography. Mahdavi’s singular approach to colour palettes will complement Bonnard’s colourful pieces and keep punters entranced.

Pierre Bonnard at NGV in 2020

We are delighted to announce Pierre Bonnard for the 2020 Melbourne Winter Masterpieces series, developed in partnership with Musée d'Orsay and exclusive to Melbourne. A kaleidoscopic exhibition of vivid colour and beauty, Pierre Bonnard will present around 150 works by this celebrated French artist brought to life in a unique setting by Paris-based designer india mahdavi. Highlight works include ‘The dining room in the country’ (1913), a wonderful demonstration of Bonnard’s synthesis of the landscape with the domestic interior, and ‘Stairs in the artist’s garden’ (1942-44), one of the artist’s most iridescent paintings that captures the magic Bonnard found at Le Cannet in the south of France. •With thanks to Destination Partner Visit Victoria, Major Partner Telstra, Learning Partner The University of Melbourne and Organising Institution Musée d’Orsay, with the assistance of the Australian Government International Exhibitions Insurance (AGIEI) program.

Posted by National Gallery of Victoria on Tuesday, 22 October 2019

Pierre Bonnard is running at the NGV between Friday June 5 and Sunday October 4, 2020. For more info, head to the NGV’s website.

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