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Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947)
Pierre Bonnard was born in Fontenay-aux-Roses. In his twenties he was a part of Les Nabis, a group of young artists committed to creating work of symbolic and spiritual nature. Known for his intense use of color, he painted nudes of his wife Marthe, flowers and landscapes.
Landscape by the Sea
Before Dinner
Breakfast Room
Siene near Vernon
Dauphine Landscape
Behind the Fence
Evening in Paris

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Before Dinner, 1924

Like his friend and contemporary Édouard Vuillard, Bonnard frequently painted intimate domestic interiors. In this work, he emphasized the large dinner table covered with a white cloth and laid with flatware, plates, and carafes. It is this tableau of inanimate objects, treated as an independent still life, rather than the two detached and psychologically remote figures, that is the primary focus of the composition. The absence of perspective, the flattening of forms, and the evident fondness for decorative surface patterns are typical of Bonnard's work.
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