Pierre Bonnard often painted the familiar interiors of his residence, whether in Paris, Vernon, or Le Cannet. Here the artist presents a shimmering still life of a\dinnertime table setting in Vernon, his house near Monet’s Giverny in Normandy. His protagonists have little dialogue, clearly lost in their own thoughts. Only the family dachshund anticipates the meal and its conviviality. The interior’s absence of perspective, flattening of forms, and decorative surface patterns in warm hues are central to Bonnard’s aesthetic.
Purchased from the artist by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, 1924; acquired from the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, by Mlle Ricotti; acquired from Galerie O. Pétridès, Paris, by Robert Lehman, New York, June 1948.
Artist: Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)Date: late 19th–mid-20th centuryMedium: Graphite on thin wove paper; laid down on rice paperAccession: 1998.227On view in:Not on view