Café Terrace

Café Terrace


Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867-1947)

Oil on board

33.8 x 44.5 cm (13 5/16 x 17 1/2 in.)

Anonymous Gift 1976.148


One of the leading artists of the group known as the Nabis (Hebrew for prophets), Bonnard was critically acclaimed for his intimate portrayals of domestic life. This depiction of figures relaxing at a café follows the Impressionist precedent of painting contemporary urban life. However, Bonnard avoided individual characterization to concentrate on evoking a mood of quiet reverie through evocative shadows and jewel-like colors.

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