Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889-1900 (Hardcover)

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By Mary Weaver Chapin, Heather Lemonedes Brown, Francesca Berry (Contributions by), Francesca Brittan (Contributions by), Kathleen Kete (Contributions by), Saskia Ooms (Contributions by)
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A New York Times best art book of 2021

In 1889, avant-garde artists in Paris formed a brotherhood to promote a radical new direction in art. Adopting the name Nabis—Hebrew for “prophets”—they aimed to capture subjective experience and emotion in their paintings, prints, and drawings. This volume focuses on intimate views of home and family by four Nabi artists: Pierre Bonnard (1867–1947), Maurice Denis (1870–1943), Félix Vallotton (1865–1925), and Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940). For Bonnard and Denis, this arena was ideal for depicting small pleasures and modest acts of life; Vallotton and Vuillard, however, hinted at the tensions simmering just below the surface. This gorgeous catalogue is the first to delve deeply into the Nabis’ use of domestic life as the locus for artistic inspiration.

About the Author

Mary Weaver Chapin is curator of prints and drawings at the Portland Art Museum. Heather Lemonedes Brown is Virginia N. and Randall J. Barbato Deputy Director and Chief Curator at the Cleveland Museum of Art.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780300257595
ISBN-10: 0300257597
Publisher: The Cleveland Museum of Art
Publication Date: July 6th, 2021
Pages: 300
Language: English