Dining Room in the Country
On View In:
Gallery 355
Artist:   Pierre Bonnard  
Title:   Dining Room in the Country  
Date:   1913  
Medium:   Oil on canvas  
Dimensions:   64 3/4 x 81 in. (164.47 x 205.74 cm) (canvas) 63 1/2 x 80 1/8 in. (161.29 x 203.52 cm) (sight) 73 1/2 x 91 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (186.69 x 232.41 x 11.43 cm) (outer frame)  
Credit Line:   The John R. Van Derlip Fund  
Location:   Gallery 355  

In 1912, Pierre Bonnard bought a country house called Ma Roulotte ("My Caravan") 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.

Name:   Bonnard, Pierre  
Nationality:   French  
Life Dates:   French, 1867-1947  

Object Description  
Inscriptions:   Signature and Date LR: [Bonnard 1913]  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   Interior of the house  
Creation Place:   Europe, France, , ,  
Accession #:   54.15  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts