A post-impressionist painter and printmaker, Bonnard was regarded as one
of the greatest colourists of modern art. He followed his father's
wishes and studied law, but was unsuccessful. In 1888, he was working
in a government office and was studying art at the same time. He
attended the École des Beaux-Arts and afterwards, the Académie
Julian. After completing his military service, he was sharing a
studio with Denis and Vuillard in Montemarte. He collaborated with theatrical
producer Aurélien Lugné-Poë on productions for the
Théâtre de l’Oeuvre, in Paris. He became a leading
member of the Nabis group in the 1890s, and later, of the Intimists.
He produced posters, lithographs, and screens and by around 1905, he began
to dedicate himself more to painting. He became increasingly more fixated with
colour that he gave up on graphic forms of art. Bonnard's works,
along with Vuillard's, were credited for the rise in popularity of post-impressionism
in Europe, and he exhibited widely in exhibited in Europe and the USA.
He was offered the Legion of Honour in 1912, but declined the award.
Place of birth: Fontenay-aux-Roses, France
Place of death: Le Cannet