Dans le Cabinet de toilette (In the Bathroom)1907
In the Bathroom is a relatively early example of Bonnard’s much-loved theme of the female nude at her toilette, a subject which would preoccupy him throughout his career. In this work, the figure, naked except for low-heeled red shoes, stands almost facing the viewer, drying her back with a towel. Behind her are a dressing table with mirror and a shallow bathing tub. She is illuminated by an unseen window to the left. Her body is highlighted with white and yellow tones painted in loose strokes. The same flashes of broken colour appear on the folds of the dressing table valance and the mirror, suggesting the play of light in the room. [source]
- 1060 x 710 mm
- Oil on canvas
- Courtesy of Tate Gallery.
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