Les Nabis

The Window 1925 by Pierre Bonnard 1867-1947I enjoy the interior scenes of French painter Pierre Bonnard. He was born on October 3, 1867 in Fontenay-aux-Roses, a suburb of Paris.

12C58CF2-F5AF-41D3-98CB-D14DFC384FA9Bonnard settled in Paris in 1888, where he studied at the Académie Julien and the École des Beaux-Arts. With Maurice Denis and Édouard Vuillard (with whom he shared a studio), he was influenced by Paul Gauguin’s expressive use of color and formed the Nabis. The name comes from the Hebrew word for “prophet.” I saw some of his paintings this summer at the musée du Sénat’s lovely exhibit about the movement.

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAWhile other artists at the end of the 19th century were tending towards abstraction, Bonnard was influenced by Japanese prints and concentrated on landscapes and interiors which strove to create subtle effects in light and color at the expense of perspective. At the turn of the century he was moved by the intensity and passion in the paintings of Van Gogh and this led him to become a founding member of the Salon d’Automne in 1903. Thereafter he was influenced by Les Fauves (literally “the wild beasts”), whose strident colors and distorted images he tamed and harnessed to his own style. Bonnard died in southwestern France on January 23, 1947.

E2A452A8-BC69-43A5-9EE4-FD02B978C4ECThe Nabis

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About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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