Birth of Les Nabis

Birth of Les Nabis The Talisman is a painting by French artist Paul Sérusier made in 1888, under the guidance of Paul Gauguin at the artist’s colony of Pont-Aven in Brittany. This painting, the starting point and icon of the group of young painters called The Nabis, was a landmark in early Post-Impressionism, Synthetism, and…

Pierre Bonnard: Deux corbeilles de fruits (1935)

“Bonnard’s vividly-colored and masterfully-composed domestic scenes and still lifes, like Deux corbeilles de fruits, circa 1935, would become hallmarks of the artist’s later oeuvre. The present work reveals Bonnard’s ability to synthesize an array of artistic influences, both contemporary and historic. Here, Bonnard appropriates the dynamic diagonal compositional order, tilting perspective, and imaginative use of…

Pierre Bonnard: The Croquet Game (1892)

The Game of Croquet is one of the first works by Pierre Bonnard, one of the founders of the Nabi group in 1888. It was exhibited in 1892 at the Salon des Indépendants under the title Twilight. The painting shows the garden of the family home, at Le Grand-Lemps, in Isère…The subject of the painting…

Pierre Bonnard: Paysage stylisé, Le Grand-Lemps, (c.1890)

Like many of the young artists who were affiliated with the modernist avant-garde on the cusp of the 20th century, Bonnard was a quick and early starter, and he made some remarkable pictures before he was only twenty-five. Executed circa 1890, Paysage stylisé (Le Grand-Lemps) represents the cutting-edge style of a new anti-naturalist tendency in…

Édouard Vuillard: La balayeuse, 346 rue Saint-Honoré (1895)

Living at Work: 1891-1896 Painted in 1895, the year when Vuillard and the Hessels first met, this scene takes place in the [Vuillard] family apartment at 346 Rue Saint-Honoré… The Vuillard family lived there from 1891 to 1896… Vuillard’s mother, who struggled with recurrent financial difficulties, turned it into a dual living and working space…

Edouard Vuillard: The Pot of Flowers (1900)

Edouard Vuillard: The Pot of Flowers (1900) I love everything about this painting by Edouard Vuillard — color, composition, and especially the texture. If it is, indeed, a snapshot of his studio, then it must have been a lovely place to paint.Vuillard selected much of his subject matter;;;

Maurice Denis: September Evening (1891)

  Who Is Maurice Denis? Maurice Denis (November 1870 – 1943) was a French painter, decorative artist and writer who was an important figure in the transitional period between impressionism and modern art. He was associated with Les Nabis then the Symbolist movement, and then with a return to neo-classicism. His theories contributed to the…

Maurice Brazil Prendergast: Central Park

“The love you liberate in your work is the only love you keep.” Maurice Prendergast Who Is Maurice Prendergast? Maurice Prendergast (1858 – 1924) was an American Post-Impressionist artist whose work was influenced by Fauvism, Impressionism, Pointillism, Post-Impressionism, and Realism. “Although working in a range of mediums including oils and monotypes (a print taken from a…

Edouard Vuillard: Deux Femmes dans Interieur (1892)

From the collection of Berkshire Museum Edouard Vuillard, “Two women in an interior”. Watercolor over pencil and paper. Not dated.Christies, “A very rare Nabis watercolor is very complete, in very good condition and is a desirable subject for Vuillard’s early years (his mother and his sister).   Signed and indistinctly dedicated lower right.    …

Édouard Vuillard: Garden at Vaucresson (1923)

According to Colta Ives (2018), “The enormous appeal of gardens in the early twentieth century, especially to women of means, found frequent expression in the work of Édouard Vuillard, ” (C. Ives, p. 94). This painting was begun in 1920 at Vaucresson, a residential suburb west of Paris, where Vuillard’s friends Lucy and Josse (Jos) Hessel…