In the late 19th century, a small group of dynamic artists emerged following the flurry of Impressionism and worked to push forward into even more avant-garde artistic territory with their experimentation with symbolism, color, and brushstroke. They called themselves Les Nabis, and they grew to become one of the most central influences on turn-of-the-century French art and design. Key to this group was Pierre Bonnard, a remarkable painter whose legacy and affiliation with Les Nabis comes into to clearer focus alongside his colleagues in Bonnard and the Nabis, a marvelous new digital volume.
The roots of this Post-Impressionist-era cohort traced to the Académie Julian, Paris’ more liberal arts academy that offered traditional art theory blended with modern innovation. Bonnard, who was part of this academy in the 1890s, befriended and banded together with figures such as Edouard Vuillard and Odilon Redon to form their own art movement. They eventually earned the name of Les Nabis, which translates to “The Prophets,” as their cutting-edge ideas in art and design were seen to foreshadow the potential of art’s future. Exhibiting regularly over the century’s closing decade, the Nabis artists shared in a visual philosophy yet allowed individual creativity to carry their compositions in very different directions.
It is this impressive variety that becomes the highlight of this book. Page after page the reader is treated to examples by Bonnard and his colleagues to reveal just how novel and individual their themes and motifs were. Bonnard and the Nabis will not only enlighten its readers as to the diversity of artistic expression in the Post-Impressionist age, it will also show how powerfully artists could communicate with each other across dynamic and divergent compositions. Buy your copy today from Musebooks.