Monday, Feb 22 – Equal access day at Legion of Honor – Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia is the first major international presentation of his artwork exhibited on the west coast in half a century. It will feature more than 70 works than span the artist’s career, from his Nabi masterpieces and experimental photography to the late interior scenes for which he is best known.
Born just outside Paris, Pierre Bonnard (1867- 1947) was the son of a high-ranking bureaucrat in the French War Ministry. He became a student of Paul Gauguin, whose teaching inspired a group of young painters known as Les Nabis (after the Hebrew words navi or nabi, meaning prophet.) Bonnard’s work is grounded in a modernity that was transformed by his knowledge of art from other cultures, including Japanese woodblock prints and Mediterranean mosaics. For more information, go to: http://legionofhonor.famsf.