NABIS, 1888-1900: PIERRE BONNARD, MAURICE DENIS, HENRI-GABRIEL IBELS, GEORGES LACOMBE, ARISTIDE MAILLOL, PAUL-ELIE RANSON, JOZSEF RIPPL-RONAI, KERR-XAVIER ROUSSEL, PAUL SERUSIER, FELIX VALLOTTON, JAN VERKADE, EDOUARD VUILLARD. Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, 1993. Organized in association with Kunsthaus, Zurich, and Musee d'Orsay, Paris. Published by Reunion des musees nationaux, Paris, in association with Prestel-Verlag, Munich. 512 pp. with 598 ills. (314 col.). 31 x 24 cm. ISBN 2711826791 In French.
This outstanding reexamination of the character and significance of the Nabi group features some 150 paintings, 30 drawings, nine sculptures and more than 100 prints, illustrations, decorative objects and theater-related designs by twelve central figures of the Paris-based movement, illuminating their shared concerns while also delineating the distinctive elements of their individual oeuvres, which range stylistically from Symbolist-inspired naturalism to decorative abstraction. Substantial commentaries on the exhibited works and critical profiles of the artists are accompanied by ten essays discussing such topics as the influence of Gauguin and Japanese prints on the development of the Nabi aesthetic, the prominence of street scenes and interiors as themes in the paintings of Bonnard, Vallotton and Vuillard, the involvement of the Nabis with the theater and with the periodical La Revue Blanche, and their achievements in printmaking and the decorative arts.
Indexing: Western, Europe — France — 1800-1900 — Several Media
Worldwide Number: 024156
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