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Guest Lecture: "Drawing for Color: Bonnard's Late Paintings", by Dita Amory

Pierre Bonnard, House among Trees
April 10, 2016 -
2:00pm3:00pm

The Legion of Honor presents a special guest lecture on the exhibition, Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, by Dita Amory.

This lecture will look at the artist's painting process, from first thoughts on paper to dazzling, light-inflected canvases. We will examine the transitions from drawings and photographs to paintings in Bonnard's quiet practice

Docent Lecture: "Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia", by Carol Porter

Pierre Bonnard, Le Grand Jardin, 1895
February 28, 2016 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Pierre Bonnard was one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. He worked in a decorative style where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects. Coming to us from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the exhibition features more than 60 works that span the artist’s complete career.

Docent Lecture: "Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia", by Rita Dunlay

Pierre Bonnard, La table de toilette, 1908
February 13, 2016 -
3:00pm4:00pm

Pierre Bonnard was one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. He worked in a decorative style where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects. Coming to us from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the exhibition features more than 60 works that span the artist’s complete career.

Docent Lecture: "Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia", by Alfred Escoffier

Pierre Bonnard, Le Grand Jardin, 1895
February 7, 2016 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Pierre Bonnard was one of the defining figures of modernism in the transitional period between Impressionism and abstraction. He worked in a decorative style where the natural world merges with the bright colors and light of the South of France and where intimate scenes disclose unexpected phantasmagorical effects. Coming to us from the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the exhibition features more than 60 works that span the artist’s complete career.

Docent Lecture: "Music as Muse: Compositions in Art Inspired by Music", by Virginia Ernster

Georges de La Tour (manner of), Theophile Bigot (attributed to), Young Boy Singing
February 28, 2016 - 2:15pm

Music has been a major source of inspiration to artists throughout history, from Vermeer’s depictions of women with musical instruments, to Whistler’s “nocturnes”, to Kandinsky’s abstract “compositions.” Take a virtual tour of music-related works in the collections of the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, and beyond.

Docent Lecture: "Color! Shades of Meaning in Art", by Victoria Kirby

Wayne Thiebaud, Paint Cans
February 2, 2016 -
1:00pm2:00pm

Throughout human history, colors have been seen and responded to as both demonic and divine. This lecture tells the story of changing societal attitudes and beliefs about colors and how artists reflected these perceptions to relay messages and meanings about class, political persuasion, cultural issues, and even a person’s character.

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