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Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer

Pierre Bonnard, The Never-Ending Summer

In a nutshell

Pierre Bonnard was a member of the French artist group called the Nabis (from the Hebrew word navi, meaning prophet). He was also influenced by Japanese art, including ukiyo-e, so much so that he was called le Nabi très japonard. This retrospective of Bonnard’s paintings, prints and photographs are organized by Japanese influence, work in graphic arts, and photographs. His paintings move from emphasizing light and shadow to the influence of impressionism, a focus on intimacy and daily life, to landscapes from Normandy and southern France.

The venue

The National Art Center, Tokyo is an enormous exhibition space, with a modern, glass front. This exhibition is in the Special Exhibition Gallery 1E on the ground floor.

English? (labels/audio guides/handouts)

All of the information is in English. The audio guide is narrated by Bonnard’s cat. In English, the cat is mentioned twice but its voice is a normal, female voice. My Japanese-speaking companion complained that the voice is annoyingly “feline” in Japanese, with meows.

Photos?

Photos are not allowed.

The feels

There is something for any art lover: portraits, still lifes, landscapes, and bold graphic posters.

Appeal

Anyone who enjoys colorful, non-abstract paintings and artist retrospectives.

How far out?

Taking exit 6 from the Nogizaka Station on the Chiyoda Line takes you directly to the venue.

How much time?

About an hour.

How much money?

¥1,600 for general admission.

Until when?

December 17, 2018

Rating: make a special trip, see it if you’re in the area or have some free time, see it only if you like this specific type of art

Worth a special trip.

Links:

http://www.nact.jp/english/exhibitions/2018/bonnard2018/ and http://bonnard2018.exhn.jp/en/

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