Bonnard En Seine
Bonnard En Seine
To celebrate its tenth anniversary, the musée des impressionnismes Giverny is seeking to acquire a work by Pierre Bonnard: The Seine at Vernon.
The work is valued at €350,000: We have 45 days in which to raise the last €30,000. With your help, we will be able to display this work in the museum, just a few miles from where it was created.
Pierre Bonnard and Normandy
Pierre Bonnard was one of the founders of the Nabi movement.
He painted this work in 1915 in the garden of his property nicknamed “La Roulotte”, which was located a few kilometres from Giverny and the house of his friend Claude Monet.
La Roulotte, house of Pierre Bonnard. Mairie de Vernon © Office de Tourisme Nouvelle Normandie
Like Monet, Bonnard drew inspiration chiefly from nature, which provided him with a wealth of material. In this work, the artist highlights the dense, wild vegetation as well as the banks of the Seine at dusk.
A few areas of impasto contrast with the particularly fluid use of oil paint. The supple, rhythmic brushwork is highly gestural, notably in the foreground. In many respects, this painting is a forerunner of American abstract art of the 1950s. Like that of Monet, Bonnard’s work inspired a new generation of painters who would in turn change the course of art history.
Pierre Bonnard, The Seine at Vernon, 1915 (detail). Giverny, Musée des impressionnismes © Giverny, Musée des impressionnismes / Jean-Michel Drouet (2019)
Allocation of funds
“It is not about painting life, but bringing painting to life”
Why acquire this work?
The mission of the musée des impressionnismes Giverny is to bring iconic works back to the place where they were created: the museum’s young collection is thus the right place for this painting by Pierre Bonnard.
How will my donation be used?
The work is valued at €350,000. More than 90% of this de cet investment will be covered by the acquisition funds of the museum, by the support of its founding members, its patrons and the Museum Friends' Society.
We count on your generosity to collect the last €30,000 necessary to acquire this emblematic work.
With your donation, you will be playing a part in enabling the museum to add a new work to its collection. You will also be helping to enhance the appeal of Giverny and Normandy, while also enriching the French national heritage. Being a supporter means becoming part of the life of the museum and being active in its cultural projects. However big or small your donation, your support will be critical.
What are the advantages for me as a contributor?
Your contribution allows you to benefit of many goodies, detailed in this page, which correspond at 25% of the value of your donation.
Let's aim higher!
If the objective is exceeded, the museum will dedicate a part of its cultural program to the work and house of Pierre Bonnard, since "La Roulotte" has just been bought by the Vernon town hall.
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