Special Expo at the Hilliard Museum in Lafayette
Thanks to a partnership with Lafayette’s French sister city Le Cannet, the Hilliard University Art Museum presents an exclusive solo exposition of selected works of Pierre Bonnard, a master of 20th century French art.
The exposition was opened by the curator of the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet, and the Consul General of France during a beautiful ceremony on Thursday May 25.
Pierre Bonnard: Landscapes from Le Cannet features 24 selected works on loan from the permanent collection of the Musée Bonnard in France, including 17 drawings, 6 paintings, and a lithograph. For the first time, his work will be on display in Louisiana thanks to the unique relationship between the cities of Lafayette and Le Cannet. An exciting step in the development of Lafayette’s cultural economy, the expo is open to the public until August 12, 2017.
The Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art University Art Museum
University of Louisiana at Lafayette
710 East St. Mary Boulevard, Lafayette, Louisiana, 70503
May 27 - August 12 2017 (see museum website for opening times)
Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was a master of 20th century painting and a key actor in the Les Nabis movement. He was inspired by the Symbolist approach of painter Paul Gauguin—in which color served a spiritual, rather than descriptive, function.
Thanks to Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, his work was first exhibited with great success at the Salon des Indépendents in 1891. During the same year, he shared a studio space with Édouard Vuillard. Before moving permanently to Le Cannet in 1926, he lived in Normandy with Marthe, his lifelong partner and muse, and made frequent visits to Claude Monet in Giverny.
On the exhibits’ opening night, guest curator and director of the Musée Bonnard in Le Cannet Véronique Serrano, was made an honorary citizen of Lafayette, Louisiana by Mayor Joel Robideaux in recognition of her contributions to the city and her work to bring a great French artist to Louisiana.
Don’t miss the opportunity to see the works of Pierre Bonnard this summer at the Hilliard Museum!
Selected photos from opening night, May 24 2017. Photo credits Greta Gerstner and Bridget Stanga