Bonnard said of his work in 1944, ‘I float between intimism and decoration, one does not reformulate oneself’. We can see this at work in this painting from the mid-1930s. A woman is glimpsed through a doorway in the midst of her toilette, making this an excellent example of intimism (a French term used for artworks of domestic scenes), yet the rich colours of the woman’s surroundings (the deep gold of the floral wallpaper, the pinks and reds of the patterned carpet) are decorative elements that draw the eye as much as the figure herself, making the viewer’s gaze wander between all of the elements equally.
Nude in an Interior
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
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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.