The Open Window (1921) by Pierre Bonnard

The Open Window - Pierre Bonnard - 1921

Artwork Information

TitleThe Open Window
ArtistPierre Bonnard
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions96 x 118 cm
Art MovementIntimism
Current LocationPhilips Collection, Washington, DC, US

About The Open Window

“The Open Window,” an oil on canvas painting by Pierre Bonnard, exemplifies the Intimism art movement and dates back to 1921. The artwork, measuring 96 by 118 centimeters, portrays an interior scene. This piece forms part of the Philips Collection in Washington, DC, US.

The artwork offers a glimpse into a tranquil domestic moment, where the outside world peeks into an intimate space. The composition centers around the open window, which frames a lush garden beyond, inviting the viewer’s gaze to wander outside while still feeling the warmth of the interior. Bonnard’s brushwork adds texture and vibrancy to the scene, with strokes that appear loose and spontaneous, imbuing the canvas with life and a palpable sense of the air and light that fills the room. The interplay between the indoor and outdoor spaces is a hallmark of Bonnard’s work, revealing his interest in capturing moments of everyday life and the subtle interplay of colors and light. The artwork exudes a quiet drama, highlighted by the juxtaposition of the cool outdoor light with the warm hues that dominate the room’s interior.

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