Monday, February 23, 2009

Paintings I Like, pt. 27

Pierre Bonnard, "Breakfast," 1930. Oil on canvas, 18" x 22."

It seems appropriate that the Met hung "Pierre Bonnard: The Late Interiors" in the same space as the 2008 Morandi exhibition. Besides a predilection for the domestic painted in close values, both artists share the following attributes:

1. They are not especially innovative.

2. They offer no critique of the art of their predecessors. Quite the opposite.

3. They make works of rare beauty.

4. None of the above renders the work insubstantial, frivolous, or merely decorative. Quite the opposite.

I think painters of today might pause for a moment to think about the implications of this list.