Pierre Bonnard’s Masterpieces at the Legion of Honor Museum for the First Time in Half Century.

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Pierre Bonnard, The Large Garden, 1895. Oil on canvas. Collection of the Musee d’Orsay © 2015 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris.

By Lupita Peimbert (Art). The works of Pierre Bonnard will be exhibited in the West Coast for the first time in fifty years, early February at The Legion of Honor Museum in San Francisco. The Legion of Honor proudly presents an exhibit composed of 70 masterpieces that show Bonnard’s role as modernist artist in a period of transition between impressionism and abstraction.

Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia will offer a fresh interpretation of Bonnard’s repertoire, and a reconsideration of the artist as one of the foremost practitioners of modernism,” says the museum.

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For the many of Bonnard’s admirers, this is an extraordinary opportunity to see his works up close thus being able to experience the intimate ways in which he painted. Many of his most important paintings are permanently housed at the Musée D’Orsay and the National Gallery of Art, and Musée Bonnard in the South of France.

Pierre Bonnard was born outside of Paris in 1867 and died in 1947. His scope of work includes a variety of genres and techniques applied to drawing, painting, and photography. In some instances, his work seems a derivative of impressionism and in other, an intention to abstractions. Although he has plenty of images that show the outside, it is the inside of a room, the intimate portraits of interaction between opposite genders that captures one’s imagination, as in “Man and Woman,” painted in 1900.

The exhibit runs from February 6 to May 15, 2016 at the Legion of Honor located in Lincoln Park, 34th Avenue & Clement Street, San Francisco, CA 94121. It is open from 9:30 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Tuesdays to Sundays; also open on select holidays, and closed most Mondays. For more information please go to: legionofhonor.org/bonnard.