Tate Modern Talk

Marriage: Poetry on Pierre Bonnard

Pierre Bonnard, ‘The Bath’ 1925
Pierre Bonnard, The Bath 1925. Tate

Join poet David Harsent in conversation about his poetry collection inspired by Pierre Bonnard

David Harsent will read from his work followed by a discussion on Marriage with writer, editor and producer Gareth Evans.

Marriage consists of two sequences of poems. The first is loosely based on the relationship between Pierre Bonnard and his muse, wife and model. It is a rich pattern for the study of the mysteries of domesticity, the unspoken privacies and intimacies that can exist between two people. For the painter, problems of seeing become, for the husband, problems of knowing. Marriage is an inspired portrait of conjugality, exact, watchful and understated.


David Harsent

David Harsent has published eleven collections of poetry. The most recent, Salt, came from Faber & Faber in October 2017. He is Professor of Creative Writing at the University of Roehampton and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

Gareth Evans

Gareth Evans is a writer, editor, film, festival and event producer. He is the Whitechapel Gallery’s Adjunct Moving Image Curator.

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Date & Time

30 April 2019 at 19.00–20.00