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The Dining Room Research

The Dining Room in the Country, by Pierre Bonnard

Post-Impressionistic painter, Pierre Bonnard was born in 1867 and passed in 1947. Bonnard was born into a privileged family and trained as a lawyer before working in art.  “The Dining Room in the Country,” is the view found at his home, “Ma Roulotte” (My Caravan), in Vernonnet, France. His wife, Marthe de Méligny, a frequent model for Bonnard[i], is seen in the window of a red dining room with the remnants of a meal on the table. The painting was done and 1913, oil on canvas, 64 1/4” x 81” wide. It’s signed by the artist and is currently owned by the Minneapolis Museum of Arts. The painting is a fearless mastery of color, using it to define shape, with always at least two colors working together everywhere in obvious brush work.

What a joy it must be to paint the woman you love in your beautiful house on the Normandy coast.  On such a day one wouldn’t even mind painting a cat or two. The vibrant colors contrast the interior with the softer hues of the countryside. The colors of this painting are enhanced, drawing our attention to the beauty of everyday life.[ii] Bonnard held the philosophy of transforming the mundane to a higher plane through color and design.[iii] He was concerned with the reflection of the beauty of real life. In fact the philosophy of Bonnard and Les Nabis, his group of collaborators, was to integrate art and daily life through a synthesis of nature and personal aesthetics and symbolism.[iv]


Bonnard, Model in Backlight

Bonnard, Siesta





February 28, 2010 - Posted by | Uncategorized

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