Why does the art of Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947) continue to captivate audiences? What made Bonnard’s paintings so distinctly modern? In this illustrated lecture, James Housefield demonstrates that the answer to both questions can be found in the word pleasure. Bonnard’s art draws audiences into the act of painting as a pleasurable vocation. At the same time, his art emphasizes pleasures we all experience when we relish the small details of daily life.
Artful Discoveries is a program for individuals with early-stage dementia and their family member or care partner. Artful Discoveries is interactive and a chance to join others in looking and talking about art—no previous experience required! Specially-trained museum docents will highlight themes, artists, and exhibitions in the museum’s galleries.
Maria Santangelo is the associate curator of European Decorative Arts and Sculpture at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco.
One of the most beguiling and enigmatic paintings ever made by the great Renaissance master Raphael, Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn, exemplifies ideal beauty in 16th century Florence. This talk examines the painting and explores art of the High Renaissance, including works by Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo Buonarroti, and many others.
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.
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
Lecture by Kristen Collins, Associate Curator in Manuscripts, The J. Paul Getty Museum
Jump into spring with a day of art around town! Choose among your favorites from the following Bay Area institutions offering FAMSF Members free general admission on Saturday, March 19, 2016.
Asian Art Museum
Berkeley Art Museum and Pacific Film Archive
Contemporary Jewish Museum
Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
Museum of the African Diaspora
Oakland Museum of California
University of California Botanical Garden at Berkeley
Walt Disney Family Museum
Yerba Buena Center for the Arts
Pierre Bonnard was in his 20s when turned his back on a conventional career and allowed himself to be seduced by a life of painting. Bring a little of that joie de vivre into your life (without sacrificing your steady paycheck) at a cocktail party that celebrates paintings full of light, color, and humor. This after-hours event features a special live performance by Trainees from the San Francisco Ballet School, guided tours of Pierre Bonnard: Painting Arcadia, hosted cocktails, and light bites.