Monday, April 02, 2007

"Toilettenzimmer mit rosafarbenem Kanapee" (1908) by Pierre Bonnard

"Toilettenzimmer mit rosafarbenem Kanapee" (1908) by Pierre Bonnard. Musées royaux des Beaux-Arts de Belgique, Brüssel. © VBK, Wien, 2007.

Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brushmarks and close values. His often complex compositions—typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members—are both narrative and autobiographical. His wife Marthe was an ever present subject over the course of several decades. She is seen seated at the kitchen table, with the remnants of a meal; or nude, as in a series of paintings where she reclines in the bathtub. He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, and many still lifes which usually depict flowers and fruit.

Bonnard did not paint from life but rather drew his subject—sometimes photographing it as well—and made notes on the colors. He then painted the canvas in his studio from his notes.


This painting can now be seen in the exhibition EROS IN MODERN ART in Vienna, Austria.

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