The scene shows Bonnard’s sister Andrée Terrasse and two of her children, Robert and, silhouetted against the lamp, Vivette. They are seated for an evening meal in the Terrasses’ home at Le Grand-Lemps in the rural south of France. Bonnard painted many such intimate domestic scenes on a small scale using his family as models. Despite the feeling that we intrude into the setting, the canvas was actually painted back in his studio in Paris from a sketch. Bonnard exhibited his works at this date with a group of artists known as the Nabis (Prophets). They looked beyond Impressionism to a more decorative effect.
Where to see this painting?
The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
University of Birmingham
Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, England, B15 2TS
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