Woman Seated in Her Bath (Femme assise dans sa baignoire)
Pierre Bonnard ( French, 1867 - 1947 )
Awkwardly seated, the woman seems unaware of the viewer's presence as she focuses on washing herself. Bathing has long been a favorite narrative for the depiction of the nude, but this woman is not the artfully posed, disrobing goddess. Rather, she turns from us, bent unflatteringly, to scrub her foot. By flattening the image and matching the color of the walls to her skin tone, Pierre Bonnard merges the figure and background. He believed that nature could be distorted and simplified to achieve beauty through patterns.
Heather MacDonald, DMA Label copy, 2008.
- Pierre Bonnard: The Graphic Art (1989)
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