Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947, French)

Pierre Bonnard with CatPierre Bonnard (1867-1947, French) was a painter and illustrator who joined Les Nabis. Bonnard never painted on location. Instead, he preferred to sketch or work from memory back in his studio.  His style is defined as late or post Impressionism and displays a marked influence from Japanese  prints.  Known for his skillful use of color and composition, he used metaphor and irony in many of his works. Color was so important to Bonnard that he was known to touch up paintings that he had painted years prior in order to get them just right.  Cats, of course, played symbolic roles as erotic, feminine and domestic mirrors and are included in many of his paintings. His wife Marthe de Meligny  appears in many of his works as well.

Initially, Bonnard was a lawyer and practiced law briefly until he started attending art classes at Ecole des Beaux-Arts and found his passion for art.  After transferring to Académie Julian in 1889, he became friends with Toulouse-Lautrec, Édouard Vuillard. And  Félix Vallotton.

Bonnard was an independent person which is perhaps why he held an attraction to cats. The cat loving Henri Matisse commented, “Yes! I maintain that Bonnard is a great artist for our time and, naturally, for posterity. 

Bonnard died at his cottage near Le Cannet in 1947.

Be sure to look closely to find the cats in some of the paintings.

 

Find a wide variety of Bonnard cat prints here.

 

 

Sketch - Cat and Bird, Bonnard

Sketch – Cat and Bird

 

Sketch - Cat and Dog, Pierre Bonnard, cat art

Sketch – Cat and Dog, 1924

 

 

Sketch Woman and Cats- P. Bonnard

Sketch Woman and Cats

 

Femme assise au jardin Woman Sitting in a Garden, Pierre Bonnard

Femme assise au jardin
Woman Sitting in a Garden

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). From Histoires naturelles, 1904

Sketch from Histoires naturelles, 1904

 

Sketch - Le Chat The Cat Pierre Bonnard

Sketch – Le Chat
The Cat

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). My Companions

My Companions

 

Sketch - Cat, P. Bonnard

Sketch – Cat

 

orange cat sleeping, P. Bonnard

Chat Roux dormant
Orange Cat Sleeping

 


Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). Cats Playing

Cats Playing

 

 

Black Cat, P. Bonnard

Black Cat

 

Black Cat Before a Window Bonnard, cat art

Black Cat Before a Window

 

Ambroise Vollard and his cat, c.1924, P. Bonnard

Ambroise Vollard and his Cat
1924

 

Detail Vollard with his Cat 1924, Bonnard

Detail Vollard with his Cat, 1924

 

 

 

 

 

 

In the Garden, Pierre Bonnard, cat art

In the Garden

 

La femme au chat Woman with a Cat 1912, P. Bonnard

La femme au chat
Woman with a Cat
1912

 

La Sieste au Jardin A Nap in the Garden 1914, P. Bonnard

La Sieste au Jardin
A Nap in the Garden
1914

 

Detail Cat in La sieste au jardin

Detail of Cat in La sieste au jardin

 

Le Chat 1893, Pierre Bonnard

Le Chat
1893

 

Marthe à la chatte ( Marthe Bonnard and the Cat) 1912, P. Bonnard

Marthe à la chatte
(Marthe Bonnard and the Cat)
1912

 

Nude in the Bath 1925 , Pierre Bonnard

Nude in the Bath
1925

 

Pierre Bonnard - The Bouillabaisse 1910

The Bouillabaisse
1910

 

 

 

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). Cats on the Railing, 1909

Cats on the Railing
1909

 

Detail Cats on the Railing<br /> 1909

Detail Cats on the Railing
1909

 

 

L’heure-des-bêtes Time for the Animals Pierre Bonnard

L’heure-des-bêtes
Time for the Animals

 

La Salle à manger au Cannet The Kitchen, Cannet 1932, P. Bonnard

La Salle à manger au Cannet
The Kitchen, Cannet
1932

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). La terrasse de Grasse, 1912

La terrasse de Grasse
1912

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). Le Bol de lait, 1919, Bowl of Milk

Le Bol de lait
The Bowl of Milk
1919

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). Marthe

Marthe

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). Still-life with cat, c.1924

Still-life with Cat
c.1924

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). The Bourgeois Afternoon, or The Terrasse Family, 1900, Musee d'Orsay, París

The Bourgeois Afternoon, or The Terrasse Family
1900

 

Detail - The Terrasse Family 1900, P. Bonnard

Detail – The Terrasse Family
1900

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). The Dining Room in the Country, 1913

The Dining Room in the Country
1913

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). The Dining Room, detail

Detail – The Dining Room

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). The Work Table, 1926.

The Work Table
1926

 

Pierre Bonnard (Francia, 1867-1947). Cat and Dog, detail from Grande Salle à manger sur le jardin, 1934-35

Cat and Dog, detail from The Work Table

 

 

Child with a Cat 1906, P. Bonnard

Child with a Cat
1906

 

Two Girls and a Cat, P. Bonnard

Two Girls and a Cat

 

Table Setting under the lampoil painting, c. 1899 Pierre Bonnard

Table Setting under the lamp oil painting,
c. 1899

 

 

Woman and White Cat, P. Bonnard

Woman and White Cat

 

Woman with Black and White Cat, P. Bonnard

Woman with Black and White Cat

 

The Cat, P. Bonnard

The Cat

 

 

Detail, The White Cat, P. Bonnard

Detail, The White Cat