Feb 11, 2020

Woman Putting on Her Stockings

Woman Putting on Her Stockings


Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867–1947)

Oil on board

Unframed: 35.2 x 27 cm (13 7/8 x 10 5/8 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.102


Did you know?

The woman in this painting is likely Bonnard’s wife, Marthe de Méligny, who is putting on black stockings as her toffee-colored hair frame her face in several of the artist’s works.


Known for his bold use of color, Bonnard sets his model against a rich gold background, her figure defined with hints of green and blue that separate her limbs from the sea of fabric. A sense of movement is created through the waves of tousled hair and organic form of the serpent-like stocking waiting to be put on.

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