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

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'This catalog of an exhibition at the Cleveland Museum of Art and Portland Art Museum (through Jan. 23) presents the sometimes tender, sometimes stifling domestic imagery of Maurice Denis, Félix Vallotton, Pierre Bonnard and — above all — Édouard Vuillard, whose dense, crosshatched scenes in the boudoir or at the kitchen table captured what one critic called “the daily tragedy and mystery of ordinary existence, and the latent poetry of things' - New York Times

A gorgeous catalogue exploring the Nabis' use of domestic life as a source for artistic inspiration

Four "prophets" of art whose luminous work unfolds the mysteries of domestic life 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), Felix Vallotton (1865-1925), and Edouard 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.

  • Author: Mary Weaver Chapin and Heather Lemonedes Brown
  • Hardcover: 300 pages 
  • Date published: August 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-0300257595
  • Product Dimensions: 32.1 x 29.2 cm

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