Pierre Bonnard

Échappee sur la rivière, Vernon [View of the River, Vernon] (1923)

About this artwork

This painting shows a view close to Bonnard's home in Vernonnet in northern France. The river Seine can be seen through the trees and bushes, while on the right there are three figures walking through the undergrowth. A fallen tree or branch is reduced to a slashed diagonal line which serves to unite the foreground and distance. As in many of Bonnard's mature landscapes, the rich colour and sensuous handling of paint create a feeling of warmth and luxuriance.

  • title: Échappee sur la rivière, Vernon [View of the River, Vernon]
  • accession number: GMA 2931
  • artist: Pierre BonnardFrench (1867 - 1947)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery Of Modern Art One(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Rivers Symbolism
  • medium: Oil on canvas
  • date created: 1923
  • measurements: 48.30 x 45.70 cm
  • credit line: Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960
  • copyright: © ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2016.
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard

Born near Paris, Bonnard studied law, but by the late 1880s had given this up for painting. In 1887 he met the artists Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis and Paul Sérusier. Taking their inspiration from Gauguin, in 1888 they formed the Nabis group (the name derives from the Hebrew word for 'Prophets'). In 1912 Bonnard bought a house in Vernonnet, a village on the Seine, north west of Paris. He spent most of his time there until 1925, when he moved to the south of France, but still returned to Vernonnet frequently. Bonnard's paintings are characterised by a great richness of colour and sense of warmth. As well as landscapes and domestic, interior scenes, Bonnard frequently painted his wife, naked in her bath or bedroom.