"Private Lives" by Mary Weaver Chapin

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

Format:
Hardback
Publication date:
10 Aug 2021
ISBN:
9780300257595
Imprint:
The Cleveland Museum of Art
Dimensions:
232 pages: 305 x 279mm
Illustrations:
250 color + b-w

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 24, 2021–January 23, 2022)