Pierre Bonnard
The Window 1925

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Pierre Bonnard 1867–1947
The Window
La Fenêtre
Date 1925
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 1086 x 886 mm
frame: 1283 x 1094 x 127 mm
Acquisition Presented by Lord Ivor Spencer Churchill through the Contemporary Art Society 1930

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In this work, Bonnard unites interior and exterior in the strong sunlight of the South of France. It was made in a rented apartment at Le Cannet, the town which the artist’s wife Marthe is seen surveying from the balcony. The sensuality and warmth of the south entranced Bonnard, but in his paintings he habitually framed the landscape with windows or doorways, as if submitting the abundance of nature to human control.

December 2007

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