Pierre Bonnard
The Bowl of Milk c.1919

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Pierre Bonnard 1867–1947
The Bowl of Milk
Le Bol de lait
Date c.1919
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1162 x 1210 mm
frame: 1380 x 1435 x 140 mm
Acquisition Bequeathed by Edward Le Bas 1967
Not on display

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Executed in the south of France, this painting shows a comfortably furnished apartment with a view over the Mediterranean. The sunlit interior suggests relaxation and pleasure, but the painting has a mysterious intensity that seems strangely at odds with the domesticity of the scene. The young girl appears stiff and immobile, like an ancient statue, her face curiously inexpressive. The rigorous order of the composition, with its repeated verticals, reinforces the atmosphere of stillness.

August 2004