Pierre Bonnard
Nude Bending Down 1923

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Pierre Bonnard 1867–1947
Nude Bending Down
Femme nue se baissant
Date 1923
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 571 x 527 mm
frame: 853 x 801 x 108 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Not on display

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A woman is glimpsed quietly wiping her leg. The steadied pose and glowing treatment of the body capture the intimacy of everyday life. Bonnard's model was his companion, Marthe, whose body was regularly at the heart of his paintings and the apparent surreptitiousness may be understood as part of their daily relationship. Although her nakedness suggests sensuality, Marthe's prolonged bathing was linked to a tubercular (or possibly neurotic) condition.

July 2008

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