October birthdays 2

Pierre Bonnard and Francis Bacon were also born in October.

Petra Zalotay, 8/b shared the following facts about them.


Pierre Bonnard (3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of The Nabis Movement.

In 1891 he met Toulouse-Lautrec and began showing his work in public. His first show was in 1896. In his 20s he was a member of The Nabis, a group of young artists committed to creating work of symbolic and spiritual nature. Other Nabis include Édouard Vuillard and Maurice Denis. He left Paris in 1910 for the south of France.

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, small brushstrokes and close values. His often complex compositions—typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members—are both narrative and autobiographical. Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.

See the banner picture as well.

The Open Window, 1921 - Pierre Bonnard  

 The open window, 1921

Image from https://www.phillipscollection.org


Francis Bacon (28 October 1909 – 28 April 1992) was an Irish-born British figurative painter known for his bold, graphic and emotionally raw imagery.

Bacon started working as an interior designer in 1928/29 in London.

Bacon's Crucifixion 1933, was his first painting to attract public attention. It was a considerable achievement for a young, semi-trained artist. His studio was relocated and opened to the public in 2001.The entire contents of the studio have been catalogued: approximately 570 books,1500 photographs,100 slashed canvases 1300 leaves from torn books 2000 artist materials and 70 drawings and other categories including artists correspondence magazines, newspapers and vinyl records.

Draft materials, perhaps intended for destruction were later given to the Tate Gallary, London.

Three Studies for Figures at the Base of a Crucifixion, c.1944

Image from https://www.tate.org.uk