The Bathers by Roger de La Fresnaye
The Bathers by Roger de La Fresnaye

The Bathers, 1912

Roger de La Fresnaye

A group of men and women, some nude and some clothed, forms a loose pyramid in an outdoor landscape with green grass, blue sky and white clouds. The scene also includes a building at upper right, and a white object, maybe a garden chair, at lower right. Their forms and faces are recognizable, but somewhat abstracted into geometric planes. The artist was part of a movement called Orphism that used lyrical forms and bright colors to communicate meaning, making a transition in art from Cubism to abstraction. The Orphists took their name from the Greek myth of Orpheus, who was sometimes called the “voice of light.”

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