Bonnard here captures a moment in time at the kitchen table in his home. The perspective of the painting implies that Bonnard himself is seated at the table, looking towards his wife, Marthe, sipping coffee, and their daschund, who sits next to her with its paws on the table. This casual scene is carefully composed; Bonnard made several preparatory sketches before making the final painting.
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
Date of work
Original: 73 x 106.4 cm Tate. Presented by Sir Michael Sadler through the Art Fund 1941
Pierre Bonnard (1867 – 1947) was a French artist who worked in the fields of painting, print-making, and photography. His work is best known for his use of colour, unusual vantage points and intimate portraits of domestic scenes from his own life. He was part of the Les Nabis group of avant-garde artists in the 1890s, alongside Paul Sérusier, Édouard Vuillard, and Maurice Denis. Bonnard often worked from memory, giving his paintings a dream-like quality.