This was the first painting by Bonnard to enter Tate’s collection, acquired just one year after it was made, and made possible by the Courtauld Fund. Bonnard captures a domestic scene: a woman (most likely Marthe Bonnard, the artist’s wife) sits at a table set for an informal meal. She prepares something in a bowl and looks down towards a dog whose muzzle we can just glimpse at the edge of the painting.
The C C Land Exhibition: Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 102.9 x 74.3 cm Tate. Presented by the Courtauld Fund Trustees 1926
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.