Sunlight on the table
Reproduction 20th Century French Artist's scotia profile frame, stipple painted
Painted in 1909, this has similarities to work by the French Nabis, Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) and Edouard Vuilliard (1868-1940), and the Intimiste artist Henri Le Sidaner (1862-1939). It has elements of each in its composition (an interior looking towards an open window), its colouring, and in its use of a table laid with tea things and flooded with light. However, the brushwork is idiosyncratic; it differs in technique from Bonnard and Vuilliard, and again from Le Sidaner’s technique of pointillism varied by choppy, lively strokes. In the present painting the brushwork is used to model form, and the strokes are varied: long, layered brushmarks describe the floor and sofa, and shorter interwoven strokes the cushions and walls. Bonnard’s scenes and colours are reminiscent of this interior, but he employs an individual perspective, in which the whole room is tilted towards the viewer.

This is an animated work, singing with light and colour; light vibrates around the still life of tea things laid on the table, and links the line of the sill with the sunny landscape beyond. The perspective is adventurous yet controlled, the floorboards shooting towards the horizon, and creating a tension with the stability of the furniture. A sophisticated painting, evoking an intimate domestic atmosphere and implying the presence of those who inhabit it.
Height 60.00 cm (23.62 inches)
Width 80.00 cm (31.50 inches)
External Height 75.60 cm (29.76 inches)
External Width 95.30 cm (37.52 inches)
Oil on canvas
signed with monogram & dated '09
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