Bonnard´s Representation of the Perception of Substance.

Privitera CM. Stark LW, Zangemeister, WH: Journal of Eye Movement Research 2007; 1: 1-6

Artists are said to be like neuroscientists able to exploit the capacities of the brain to generate aesthetic experience (Zeki, 2001). Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) has been recognized as one of the greatest and most enigmatic masters of the 20th century painting. For his understanding of the eye movements, attentional shifts mechanism and the representation in his paintings of the complexity of the physiological process of vision perception, something that he famously referred to as “the transcription of the adventures of the optic nerve”, he is considered a revolutionary painter. Our recent eye movements study on Bonnard´s paintings evidences a “temporal-extended” mechanism in the control of scanpaths that refers to a progression of the scanpath pattern during repetitive viewings and supports the phenomenon of late emotional response which was one of the artist´s artistic and perceptual objective.