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Dining Room in the Country: Gallery Label - Current

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Date

2012-03-23

Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
In 1912, Pierre Bonnard bought a country house called "My Caravan" (Ma Roulotte) at Vernonnet, a small town on the Seine. This painting shows the dining room there, with cats perching on the chairs and Marthe de Méligny, the artist's wife, leaning on the windowsill.Bonnard, who considered himself "the last of the Impressionists," emphasized the expressive qualities of bright colors and loose brushstrokes in this picture. He united the interior with the exterior through the open window and door, and linked the forms by bathing them in related hues. Unlike the Impressionists, however, Bonnard painted entirely from memory. And like the Symbolists, he wanted his works to reflect his subjective response to the subject.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: March 13, 2009