Pierre Bonnard often experimented with spatial construction in his work. Whilst the painting’s title suggests that the dining room is its subject, the large open window and door, the expansive landscape seen beyond, and the female figure leaning in the window make the outdoors a central a feature of the painting. These multiple focuses were defined by Bonnard as ‘The eye of the painter… this vision is mobile.’
Dining Room in the Country
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
Date of work
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.