Pierre Bonnard
Bathing Woman, Seen from the Back c.1919

Artwork details

Pierre Bonnard 1867–1947
Bathing Woman, Seen from the Back
Baigneuse, de dos
Date c.1919
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 441 x 346 mm
frame: 631 x 534 x 105 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Not on display

Display caption

The bather was almost certainly Bonnard's companion and wife-to-be Marthe, who was the artist's constant and favourite model. Like Degas before him, Bonnard liked to present his nude female figures in domestic settings, caught in mid-movement during some act of their toilette. He sketched and photographed Marthe as she bathed and dressed, and used these images as a reminder when executing his oil paintings in the studio. As shown in this painting, Bonnard was particularly interested in the play of reflections of coloured light on the body and the room.

August 2004

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