Art Term

Intimism

Intimism is a French term applied to paintings and drawings of quiet domestic scenes

Gwen John, ‘Young Woman Holding a Black Cat’ c.1920–5
Gwen John
Young Woman Holding a Black Cat c.1920–5
Tate

Although originally applied to the work of of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard it has since been applied widely to any painting of such subject matter. An outstanding example of an artist who works in this way is Gwen John.

Selected artists in the collection

Artist

Pierre Bonnard

1867–1947
Artist

Edouard Vuillard

1868–1940
Artist

Gwen John

1876–1939

Selected artworks in the collection