In an earlier post, I wrote about making a copy of an orange jug from a Bonnard still life.  At that same Bonnard exhibit, I also made this small sketch/copy of Bonnard’s Nude in the Bath and Small Dog (Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh).  I was amazed by the color in the actual painting, which was quite different from what I found in books on Bonnard.  The lightness of the palette is had to describe, particularly as projected into the scale of a work as large as this painting, which measures 49 x 59 1/2 inches.  I tried to condense the essence of all that into my small notebook.

[Top of the post:  Notebook drawing after Bonnard’s Marthe in the Tub by Aletha Kuschan]

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