French painter Pierre Bonnard’s 1913 work, Dining Room in the Country, represents the artist’s dining room, along with his wife and cats, at his country house in Vernonnet, a small town outside of Paris on the Seine River. Rather than painting from life, Bonnard created the work entirely from memory, foregrounding his subjective responses over an optical experience of the interior and landscape. Worcester Art Museum Director Matthias Waschek explores this enigmatic and delightful country scene, loaned to the Museum by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts from October 8, 2015, to May 1, 2016. (Image: József Rippl-Rónai [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons, image cropped)
BIO: Matthias Waschek
Matthias Waschek, PhD, became Director of the Worcester Art Museum in November 2011. He wrote his PhD on French art theory at the end of the 19th century and served as Head of Academic Programs at the Louvre Museum in Paris from 1992 to 2003. Dr. Waschek aims to engage the local community in the Worcester Art Museum, maximizing the Museum’s regional impact, and he spoke at the Northeastern University School of Architecture on November 24, 2014.