Private Lives Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889-1900 Mary Weaver Chapin, Heather Lemonedes Brown, Francesca Berry, Francesca Brittan, Kathleen Kete, Saskia Ooms

Publication date:
10 Aug 2021
The Cleveland Museum of Art
300 pages: 305 x 279mm
308 color illus.
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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), 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.

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.

The Cleveland Museum of Art
(July 1–September 19, 2021)

Portland Art Museum, OR
(October 23, 2021–January 23, 2022)