License this image. This painting shows a partial view of a female figure lying a bath in a brightly lit bathroom. The gleaming white rim of the tub creates a strong vertical line that divides the canvas almost into two halves. Pronounced lines in a vividly coloured and patterned rug that lies next to the bath echo those produced by the edges of the bath and the edges of the canvas and emphasise the narrowness of the space depicted. At the far left of the composition appears the partial outline of a standing figure dressed in a pale-coloured robe.
Pierre Bonnard’s Nude in the Bath: between a memory and a dream | Art and design | The Guardian
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This painting was created 2 years before Marthe died. Although she was over 60 years old at this time, Bonnard presents her as a flexible, curvaceous and voluptuous young woman. The figure is looking away, the face in shadow. The heavy contorted limbs are not presented realistically. This is not a relaxed languorous image; Bonnard is more interested in capturing a moment of awkward hesitancy as the figure settles into or rises from the bath.