Pierre BonnardThe Bowl of Milk c.1919

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Artist
Pierre Bonnard (1867‑1947)
Title
The Bowl of Milk
Le Bol de lait
Date c.1919
MediumOil paint on canvas
Dimensionssupport: 1162 x 1210 mm frame: 1380 x 1435 x 140 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Bequeathed by Edward Le Bas 1967
Reference
T00936

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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

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