Page 151. " her name was Marthe de Méligny "

Bonnard met Marthe in 1893 when she was 24.  They married and remained together until her death.  She became not only his wife but his model.  She had a fondness for the bath and some of Bonnard's best works are the BaignoiresNude in Front of the Mantlepiece is one example. 

There is a parallel to Max's wife who, 'when she fell ill, took to extended baths in the afteroon' (p 153).

Pierre and Marthe



Page 152. " Bonnard bought a house, Le Bosquet "

Le Cannet
Creative Commons Attribution Share AlikeLe Cannet - Credit: Zil, Wikimedia
Antoine Terrasse, Bonnard's nephew, writes in his book Bonnard: The Colour of Daily Life that Bonnard "bought the house in Le Cannet in 1926, christened it 'Le Bosquet' (the grove)" and lived and painted there until his death. 

The house is on Avenue Victoria.

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Page 173. " I appeared an overgrown homunculus "
Homunculus in Sperm, 1695
Public DomainHomunculus in Sperm, 1695 - Credit: N. Hartsoecker

The word homunculus comes from the Latin for 'little human'.  It used to be believed that the sperm or egg contained a tiny 'preformed' human being.  Generally, homunculi were seen as tiny figures grotesquely possessed of adult human features.

A homunculus created by an alchemist features in Goethe's Faust Part IIUmberto Eco also introduced homunculi in his novel Foucault's Pendulum.