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.
Distributed for the Cleveland Museum of Art
The Cleveland Museum of Art
(July 1–September 19, 2021)
Portland Art Museum, OR
(October 23, 2021–January 23, 2022)
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.
"This book is recommended for readers who know little about the subject as well as those who are passionate about 19th-century French art and culture."—Sandra Rothenberg, Library Journal
Shortlisted for the 2022 Alice Award, Sponsored by Furthermore/ J.M. Kaplan Fund