“Snapshot: Painters and Photography: Bonnard to Vuillard” is on view at the Indianapolis Museum of Art through Sept. 2. The always-high-level digital team at the IMA has created a super new website for the show as well.
The exhibition spotlights six artists – Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Henri Evenepoel, Henri Riviere and George Hendrik Breitner – and examines how their use of a new, hand-held Kodak camera informed their painting. Even more fascinating: The exhibition demonstrates how their painting informed the pictures they took. One of the gems of the show is pictured above: Riviere took photographs to inform a series of lithographs he made of the then-under-construction Eiffel Tower.
Exhibition curator Elizabeth Easton was the guest on Episode Seventeen of The Modern Art Notes Podcast. She told great stories about Vuillard and his seemingly omnipresent mother, affairs between artists and their dealer’s wife (suggestions of which were captured by both camera and, er, canvas) and more. It’s a rollicking good show!
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