Bonnard: En toute intimité

Pierre Bonnard, Femme debout dans un intérieur, dit La Valise, (Women in an interior or The suitcase), no date, oil on canvas, 61 x 28 cm (Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet. Long term loan from a private collection. © Adagp, Paris 2016. © Yves Inchierman)
Pierre Bonnard, Femme debout dans un intérieur, dit La Valise, (Women in an interior or The suitcase), no date, oil on canvas, 61 x 28 cm (Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet. Long term loan from a private collection. © Adagp, Paris 2016. © Yves Inchierman)

Anna McNay reviews Bonnard: En toute intimité at the Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet, France, on view through April 23, 2017.

McNay begins: "With the title Bonnard: En toute intimité, one might well expect an exhibition focusing on the artist’s nudes, or more erotic elements of his work, but, just as Tracey Emin’s tent, Everyone I Have Ever Slept With 1963-1995, includes those with whom she simply enjoyed (or otherwise) the intimacy of a shared bed – or womb – so this beautifully curated show at the Musée Bonnard, in the artist’s ultimate hometown of Le Cannet, on the Côte d’Azur, looks at those people, places and things to which the artist was especially close at different points throughout his life. Arranged largely chronologically, it comprises about 60 works from the museum’s collection, alongside a handful of loans, and a number of new acquisitions from the Musée d’Orsay."