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We're going out! Leisure at the time of Pierre Bonnard

Until November 5, 2023, the Bonnard Museum in Le Cannet presents its exhibition: "We're going out!" This one has as its theme the leisure activities seen by Pierre Bonnard and the painters of his time.

More than 70 works of great variety are available to the public, who will discover the meetings of Parisian society where cabarets and café-concerts rub shoulders with circuses and theaters in the whirlwind of the late 19th century.

Pierre Bonnard. Jardin de Paris. 1896-1902.Collection particulière avec le concours de Duhamel Fine Art, Paris © cliché Jean-Louis Losi
Pierre Bonnard. Jardin de Paris. 1896-1902.Collection particulière avec le concours de Duhamel Fine Art, Paris © cliché Jean-Louis Losi

Pierre Bonnard, central figure in this exhibition, famous for his compositions inspired by the Paris transformed by Baron Haussmann, devoted a large part of his production to the evocation of modern life, leisure and the grand boulevards.

Henri-Gabriel Ibels, Au Café-Concert, vers 1892-1893  Collection Winter
Henri-Gabriel Ibels, Au Café-Concert, vers 1892-1893 Collection Winter

Following Edgar Degas, Édouard Manet or Pierre Auguste Renoir, the young generation chose to renew the layouts, most often composed from memory, while responding to a new treatment of color.

Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Troupe de Mlle Eglantine, 1896 Mairie de Toulouse, MATOU, AF4540, Albi
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Troupe de Mlle Eglantine, 1896 Mairie de Toulouse, MATOU, AF4540, Albi

Leisure is also and above all, the tremendous development of performance venues, most often at night, capable of attracting night owls with many faces.

Louis Anquetin, L’Intérieur de chez Bruant : Le Mirliton, 1886-1887.Collection particulière © Fotoatelier Peter Schächkli, Zurich
Louis Anquetin, L’Intérieur de chez Bruant : Le Mirliton, 1886-1887.Collection particulière © Fotoatelier Peter Schächkli, Zurich

Montmartre is characterized by its own identity, this "Montmartre spirit" which plays a key role in the cultural life of this end of the century. Bonnard, Toulouse-Lautrec, Anquetin without forgetting Ibels or Steinlen are the witnesses of this diurnal and nocturnal life, of the world of entertainment which opens the doors to a new visual repertoire.

Félix Vallotton, La Troisième galerie au théâtre de Châtelet, 1895 .© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski
Félix Vallotton, La Troisième galerie au théâtre de Châtelet, 1895 .© RMN-Grand Palais (musée d’Orsay) / Hervé Lewandowski

The theater also attracts a large audience in the morning or in the evening. Félix Vallotton has no equal in his incisive crunching of the human comedy that is as much in the room as on the stage. Toulouse-Lautrec is as comfortable in cabarets in the middle of an underworld crowd as in the box of a theater occupied by aristocrats.


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