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Woman slumbering on the bed

Painting, 1899, 96×106 cm

Description of the artwork «Woman slumbering on the bed»

Painting By Pierre Bonnard "A woman slumbering on the bed" was one of the causes of internal divisions in the group Abidov. Maurice Denissaid that the artist went on about their own lust and desire of the audience to a pleasant sensation, and thereby betrayed the principle of Abidov that, in his opinion, should look "perfect and absolute beauty".

But the overall picture was received enthusiastically, and the editor of the popular magazine "Revue Blanche" Tade Nathanson called it the best at that time the work of Pierre Bonnard and stressed that the image of the sensual beginning, it has no equal. According to Natanson, Bonnard walked in this direction by such recognized masters as Manet, Courbetand Fragonard.

The picture painted under the influence of Paul Verlaine. Bonnard illustrated his book "in Parallel" (Parallèlement, 1889). "The idle woman" (the painting is called still) belongs to the so-called intimate works of Bonnard. In these works, the artist invites us to look at scenes not intended for prying eyes. However, the spicy taste of peeping he does not invest, rather, they appropriate the word "admiration". Intimate Nude of those years written from this perspective that the viewer gets involved in what is happening. This is true, for example, for "Siesta"where do we see emaciated (obviously not hard work, and loving pleasures) woman, casually fallen face down on the crumpled sheets, which seem to be a frame for her body. But "Woman, sleeping on beds" the viewer sees almost with the position of her lover. Facial features are blurred by heroine is a characteristic of all the paintings of Bonnard. Warm light, flood nezha in bed a woman's body reinforces a sense of intimacy, secrecy (not in a mystical sense, but in personal).

"The idle woman" by Pierre Bonnard painted from his main artist's model, lover and future wife Martha. At the head of a curled up cat – she was a symbol of eroticism (remember even this black). However, maybe, Bonnard just liked "lion" (1, 2, 3)?

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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Nude, Interior

Style of art: Post-Impressionism, Nabi

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: 1899

Size: 96×106 cm

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