Pierre Bonnard (French: 3 October 1867 – 23 January 1947) was a French painter and printmaker, as well as a founding member of the Post-Impressionist group of avant-garde painters Les Nabis. Bonnard preferred to work from memory, using drawings as a reference, and his paintings are often characterized by a dreamlike quality. The intimate domestic scenes, for which he is perhaps best known, often include his wife Marthe de Meligny.
Bonnard is known for his intense use of color, especially via areas built with small brush marks and close values. His often complex composition - typically of sunlit interiors of rooms and gardens populated with friends and family members -are both narrative and autobiographical.
His wife Marthe was an ever-present subject over the course of several decades. She is seen seated at the kitchen table, with the remnants of a meal; or nude, as in a series of paintings where she reclines in the bathtub.
He also painted several self-portraits, landscapes, street scenes, and many still lifes, which usually depicted flowers and fruit.