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Paintings I’m in Love With (At The Moment)

March 2, 2018

Today is the second day of spring, yet the thermometer outside says different… and it isn’t lying. The snow, that has covered our fields, won’t melt in the next few days as it’s freezing cold over here! We wanted real winter for Christmas (of course we didn’t get it), February should (or at least could) be milder – I think everyone is already longing for colours. The first green leaves of snow drops would be good, but some soft and warm hues would be perfect. Meanwhile everything’s still completely white.

Well, one can always dream about colours… or satisfy this hunger looking at art. Looking at beautiful paintings always boosts my mood and at the moment I’m very much into Pierre Bonnard’s artwork. Have you heard of this artist? Have you seen any of his paintings?

Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 — 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis.

Pierre Bonnard, Self-portrait, c. 1889 (image was found here)

I love the colours he used and his brush strokes, that make the view in the painting look as it’s somehow flowing or shimmering – the magic of art, right?

Apparently “Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference” and “his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality” – I couldn’t agree more! (Information found on Wikipedia) Just have a look at the painting below – it’s so gentle, lulling and even soothing in a way.

Two Dogs in a Deserted Street, 1894 (image was found here)

 

Boulevard des Batignoles, 1900 (image was found here)

But before you decide whether you like this artist’s work you should look at his other paintings – believe it or not, but Pierre Bonnard is best known for “the intimate domestic scenes, which often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.” (Information found on Wikipedia)

Woman With Black Stockings, 1900 (image was found here)

 

Woman Reclining on a Bed, or the Indolent Woman, 1899 (image was found here)

He might be best known for his nudes, but I’m absolutely in love with his “table scenes” and still-lives! There are so many brilliant ones that I didn’t know which ones to show you…

Lunch at Le Grand Lamps, 1899 (image was found here)

 

Mimosa, 1915 (image was found here)

 

The Red Checkered Tablecloth (image was found here)

This was just a short introduction, a quick feast for the eyes, but you can always read more about this artist and see more of his artwork on WikiArt.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 16, 2018 2:43 pm

    We have had an odd winter, too. Super cold for a week, then quite warm the next. I am longing for spring too. It is my favoriite season (with winter as my least). These paintings are a lovely spot of color in a drab tijme of year. I do think I like that young man the best, followed by the yellow mimosa still life.

    • March 19, 2018 6:19 pm

      I’m in love with that self-portrait too! It looks as if it’s not finished, as the edges are undefined, yet the colours create a brilliant image that radiates youth and somewhat freshness. I like the mimosa still-life, but the table scenes seem more interesting to me – I guess just because this subject is a bit more complicated; there’s so much going on at and on the tables. K.

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