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- Bonnard was both a Symbolist and an Intimatist. Intimate, everyday life remained his artistic subject matter throughout his long career.
- Since he wanted to capture the spirit of a moment, not its reality, he used his memory in the studio as his primary resource. Photographs, sketches, notes and watercolors all preceded the day he began painting.
- His color aesthetic always dominated his paintings over every other factor. Color and its infinite relationships occupied him during his entire painting life.
- Bonnard saw his job as an artist was to: 1) find the image in paint and 2) find the boundaries of his rectangle.
- Saw himself as an artistic seer because of his association with the Nabi artists and their shared interest in the metaphysical.
- Taking the metaphysical further, into the supernatural, mystical or macabre spheres, did not interest him.
- Matisse called him, “A great painter, for today and for the future.” Picasso, called his painting style, “A potpourri of indecision.” (didn’t like it.)