Before Dinner, Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet), Oil on canvas

Before Dinner

Pierre Bonnard (French, Fontenay-aux-Roses 1867–1947 Le Cannet)
Oil on canvas
35 1/2 x 42 in. (90.2 x 106.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
Rights and Reproduction:
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 961
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.
#4815. Before Dinner
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Signature: Signed (lower right): Bonnard
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.