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The Linen

1909
19 5/8 x 25 1/2 in. (49.8 x 64.8 cm)

Pierre Bonnard
French (active 1867 - 1947)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on paper laid down on board
Credit Line: Gift of Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson
Accession Number: 1991.36
Location: Currently on view
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As an art student in Paris, Bonnard became affiliated with the Nabis, or Prophets. This group of young artists was influenced by Paul Gauguin's belief that a painting should be a product of the imagination rather than a mere copy of nature. Influenced also by Gauguin's style, the Nabis simplified form and used color boldly and expressively.

After the turn of the century, Bonnard refined these principles, developing a personal, decorative, and highly subjective style. As in this scene, his pictures of everyday life often featured his wife. Painting from memory in his studio, Bonnard freely modified form and heightened color to express the beauty he recalled in nature.

[Gallery label text, 1999]

Provenance
Collection of the artist; by descent to the Terrasse family [the artist's sister and her family]; purchased from the Terrasse family in the early 1960s by Wildenstein, New York (dealers); purchased from them by Marie C. and Joseph C. Wilson, 1971; their gift to the Gallery in 1991

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