Oct 16, 2007

The Dessert

The Dessert


Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867-1947)

Oil on fabric

Framed: 114.6 x 117.5 x 7.9 cm (45 1/8 x 46 1/4 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 76.2 x 80 cm (30 x 31 1/2 in.)

Gift of the Hanna Fund 1949.18

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In this painting Bonnard gives us a colorful glimpse of an intimate dinner scene at the beginning of the 20th century. He places us close to the figures and a little bit higher, as if we were just standing to leave the table, allowing the viewer to imagine being part of the scene.


One of the great colorists of the 20th century, Bonnard painted this scene either at his home at Vernon, just north of Paris, or at his summer home near Cannes in southern France. The woman leaning on her elbows is the artist's wife, Marthe. The boy has been identified as the son of artist Odilon Redon. The painting explores the simple pleasures of daily life, enriched through Bonnard's application of glowing, sensual color.


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