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The Bath, Second Version (Le Bain [deuxième planche])

Pierre Bonnard

European Art

Here, Pierre Bonnard employs the high vantage point and candid, unidealized approach to the female nude pioneered by his compatriot Degas. Bonnard, however, presents his bather frontally, seated in a full-length bathtub, a luxury not found in many French homes during Degas’s time. His model was his wife, Marthe, whose skin malady required long soaks.
MEDIUM Lithograph on laid China paper
  • Place Made: France
  • DATES ca. 1925
    DIMENSIONS Sheet: 14 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (36.5 x 27 cm) Image: 13 x 8 7/8 in. (33 x 22.5 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed, "Bonnard" lower left in stone
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    ACCESSION NUMBER 74.35
    STATE II/II
    EDITION 50
    CREDIT LINE Designated Purchase Fund
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    CAPTION Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867-1947). The Bath, Second Version (Le Bain [deuxième planche]), ca. 1925. Lithograph on laid China paper, Sheet: 14 3/8 x 10 5/8 in. (36.5 x 27 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Designated Purchase Fund, 74.35. © artist or artist's estate
    IMAGE overall, 74.35_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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    The Bath, Second Version (Le Bain [deuxième planche])