"The Dressing Room" by Pierre Bonnard


The Dressing Room
Pierre Bonnard, French, 1867-1947
Signed and dated (upper left): Bonnard/1914
Bequest of Scofield Thayer, 1982 (MMA 1984.433.3)

(From the info card):
"Bonnard delighted in portraying scenes of domesticity, everyday events that take place mostly in dining rooms and in the bath. This picture presents a casual view into the corner of a dressing room in the artist's house at Saint-Germain-en-Laye, near Paris, where he lived during World War I. Space and light seem to be created by the two mirrors hanging on the walls, the vertical one on the right and a horizontal one that reflects a seated woman holding a white cloth and her curled-up, sleeping dog. She is probably Marthe (Maris Boursin, 1869-1942), Bonnard's companion and, after 1925, his wife."

photos ©Joan Lansberry, May, 2009