Over the next few days, we’ll introduce you to the artists featured in Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard, on view at the Phillips February 4 through May 6.
Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947)
Painter and printmaker Pierre Bonnard is acclaimed for his intensely expressive use of color. He began using a camera late in the decade but lost interest in photography a few years later. Bonnard primarily photographed his family and friends at home or during summers in the countryside. He used many of his photographs of his mistress outdoors in the nude as studies for two large illustrated book commissions. Approximately 200 of his photographs have survived.