Gallery Group 1 visited Tate Modern in March to see the Pierre Bonnard exhibition. The exhibition concentrated on the mature work of the artist, from 1900 – 1945, and attempted to reposition Bonnard amongst the top echelon of twentieth century artists. The exhibition was enjoyed by one of the Group, but unusually most members were unimpressed by the work on show, and could not agree with the curators of the exhibition that Bonnard ranked with others of this period such as Matisse. They were disappointed in the limited choice of composition and colour range, even when the artist was living in the south of France, when it was claimed that the light and scenery enriched his palette.
Some of the Group were much heartened however by an unexpected extra visit to the Dorothea Tanning exhibition, also at Tate Modern. An American Surrealist artist (1910-2012) whose imagination and originality, especially in her early work, it was agreed, deserves greater recognition.