Pablo Picasso “detested” Pierre Bonnard, says Guy Cogeval, president of Paris’s Musée D’Orsay. It’s easy to see why. In the early 20th century, Picasso and members of experimental groups such as the cubists and the futurists were finding shocking new ways to render the world. They tended to view a decorative-minded painter like Bonnard as a lightweight.
Meanwhile, conservative critics and collectors lionized his work as an alternative to the demands of modernism.