Intimism is a French term applied to paintings and drawings of quiet domestic scenes

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  • Gwen John, 'Young Woman Holding a Black Cat' circa 1920-5
    Gwen John
    Young Woman Holding a Black Cat circa 1920-5
    Oil on canvas
    support: 460 x 298 x 17 mm
    frame: 695 x 550 x 102 mm
    Purchased 1946
  • Pierre Bonnard, 'Bathing Woman, Seen from the Back' circa 1919
    Pierre Bonnard
    Bathing Woman, Seen from the Back circa 1919
    Oil on canvas
    support: 441 x 346 mm
    frame: 631 x 534 x 105 mm
    Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002
  • Edouard Vuillard, 'Girl in an Interior' circa 1910
    Edouard Vuillard
    Girl in an Interior circa 1910
    Oil on board
    support: 725 x 645 x 5 mm
    frame: 870 x 790 x 45 mm
    Presented by the Contemporary Art Society 1929© ADAGP, Paris and DACS, London 2002

Although originally applied to the work of of Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard it has since been applied widely to any painting of such subject matter. An outstanding example of an artist who works in this way is Gwen John.