Nude in Bathtub

Nude in Bathtub

1912

Pierre Bonnard

(French, 1867-1947)

Graphite

Sheet: 22.3 x 17.5 cm (8 3/4 x 6 7/8 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.124

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Did you know?

Pierre Bonnard realized more than ten versions of this composition over the course of just under a decade.

Description

This drawing by Pierre Bonnard relates to a painting completed the same year depicting a woman bathing herself while crouched in a small tub. Both works belong to a series begun around 1908 in which the artist depicted his longtime partner, Marthe, cleaning herself, emphasizing each scene's intimacy and introspection. In this sketch, Bonnard focused on the dramatic contrast provided by natural light, which highlights his subject's back and thigh.

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Collection: 
DR - French
Department: 
Drawings
Type of artwork: 
Drawing
Medium: 
Graphite

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