Ruelle à Vernonnet/Lane at Vernonnet c.1912 – 1914
Oil on canvas
76.00 x 65.20 cm/framed: 94.00 x 83.00 x 10.50 cm
In 1912 Bonnard bought a house in Vernonnet a village on the Seine, north west of Paris. He became good friends with fellow artist Claude Monet who lived in the nearby town of Giverny. When Bonnard moved to Vernonnet he abandoned the dark colours he had used in his early work for a palette of glowing purples, pinks, greens and yellows, as seen in this painting. Like many other artists, Bonnard found that the bright light led him to paint in more vibrant tones.