Beacons of color and light blaze in “Open Window” by Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947). In this artwork, the reclusive Bonnard showed nature as seen through the window of a house. The artist suggests his solitude by devoting more space to the room’s interior than to the outdoor view. A woman playing with a cat at the canvas’s outermost edge represents Bonnard’s fascination with everyday life. The cat symbolizes the safety of home, contrasting with the wildness of nature, looming outside.
Artist Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947) distanced himself from the world, which attributed to his stylistic diversity and keen introspection. Bonnard loved the trivia of everyday life, turning it into an art form. His interiors are joyously bright, streaming with light and color. Bonnard was a member of the Nabis (meaning “prophets”), a group of artists who utilized color and composition to create a specific mood. Remarkably diverse, Bonnard also illustrated books and designed furniture, textiles, stained glass, lithographs and stage sets.