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Nabi Painters

Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947)
Maurice Denis (1870–1943)
Félix Vallotton (1865–1925),
Jan Verkade (1868–1946),
Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940)

Characteristics of the Nabi Style


The name 'Nabi', is Hebrew for 'prophet'

The Nabis were a group of artists, led by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, they were closely connected to the Symbolist movement and Art Nouveau. They rejected Impressionism’s emphasis on ephemeral effects and concentrated on reducing the elements of a painting to an interplay of shapes and colours. Bonnard asserted"You reason color more than you reason drawing... Color has a logic as severe as form."

The Nabis were inspired by bothPaul Cézanne and Paul Gauguin  they emulated Gauguin's style and bohemian attitude. Japanese prints were also rich sources of inspiration for the fun loving, avant-garde painters."They strongly opposed positivism and naturalism, movements that were aligned with theImpressionist movement. As a group they favored browns, beiges and blues.


Pierre Bonnard  French Nabi Modernist Painter


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