Charles Zadok, New York Acquavella Galleries, New York Acquired from the above in 1972
Jean & Henry Dauberville, Bonnard, Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre peint révisé et augmenté 1888-1905, vol. I, Paris, 1992, no. 367, illustrated p. 320
Painted in 1905, the present work exemplifies Bonnard’s continual interest in the nude as subject matter. These nudes often include elements of both eroticism and domesticity, with their nudity often accompanying tasks like bathing, washing and undressing. Bonnard’s lover and eventual wife, Marthe de Méligny, probably served as the model for this painting. The artist’s continued interest in the theme was sustained by Marthe’s own compulsive need to bathe. Bonnard would often sketch his subject in her bathroom, sitting several feet away from her, before completing the final version in his studio.
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