Some years ago the Phillips Collection in Washington held an exhibit of the works of Pierre Bonnard, and I gratefully went to see it.  Prior to that exhibit, I knew Bonnard’s paintings chiefly from books.  But here was a chance to study his ravishing color and his crazy drawing face to face.

On one of my several visits, I took my notebook and some oil pastels and made this drawing of the orange jug of Bonnard’s 1930 painting The Dining Room overlooking the Garden from MOMA (Museum of Modern Art, New York).

Making this drawing was like being able to take a part of the painting home.

[Top of the post:  Study of an Orange Jug after Bonnard by Aletha Kuschan]

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