L' amandier en fleurs
(The Almond Tree in Blossom)
This small painting is the last one Pierre Bonnard painted. The almond tree was outside his bedroom window. The painting, he finishes in 1947. Here are the words of Bonnard's grand-nephew, Michel Terrasse, from a lovely book, Bonnard at Le Gannet, about the painting:
Though bedridden in his austere cell, and drained of strength, he was still thinking of his Amandier en Fleurs (Almond Tree in Blossom).
He asked Charles Terrassee to bring him the canvas: 'This green--on the ground--there--it's not right. It needs some yellow.'
The nephew who loved him best took his uncle's hand and helped Pierre Bonnard to add a little touch of gold for the very last time on this earth.
This time of year, when the trees are starting to bloom, I think of this painting. I love Pierre Bonnard's work.