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Pierre Bonnard

Acquavella Galleries

Acquavella Galleries show a selection of largely unknown Pierre Bonnards from the Bowers collection (the heirs of Madame Bonnard), part of the tidy parcel excised out of the long-contested Bonnard Estate. The works range from the proto-Art Nouveau of the 1890s through the dazzling late work produced in the last two decades of the master’s life.

One of the teasing questions connected with Bonnard is, for all his Post-Impressionist carryover, why does he appear so fresh and vital, so contemporary? Certainly today’s art establishment cares not a jot for Intimist props (perhaps with the exception of George Segal). And while Bonnard grows out of the theory surrounding the optical mixture of “pure” color central to Impressionism, our prophylactic optics is of an objectively perceptual nature which often succeeds best in diagrammatic works of black and white (e.g. Bridget Riley). One proof of how

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