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By Albert Kostenevitch

Pierre Bonnard was once the chief of a bunch of post-impressionist painters who known as themselves the Nabis, from the Hebrew note which means 'prophet'. Bonnard, Vuillard, Roussel and Denis, the main wonderful of the Nabis, revolutionized the spirit of ornamental suggestions in the course of one of many richest sessions within the heritage of French portray. prompted by way of Odilon Redon and Puvis de Chavanne, via renowned imagery and jap etchings, this post-impressionist staff used to be specifically a detailed circle of associates who shared an analogous cultural history and pursuits. An expanding individualism of their paintings usually threatened the group's solidarity and even though tied jointly through a typical philosophy their paintings sincerely diverged. This ebook shall we us examine and placed into standpoint the artists inside of this interesting team. The works offered during this assortment supply a palette of outstanding poetic expressions: candid in Bonnard, decorative and mysterious in Vuillard, lightly dream-like in Denis, grim and virtually sour in Vallotton, the writer stocks with us the lives of those artists to the very resource in their artistic presents.

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Oil on canvas, 85 x 75 cm, Musée d’Orsay, Paris. Pierre Bonnard, Misia, 1908. Oil on canvas, 145 x 114 cm, Fondaçion Coleccion Thessen-Bornemisza, Madrid. qxp 7/21/2005 11:14 AM Page 36 L I F E Drying Herself and The Toilette (1907, Private Collection; D 473, 477) — the most important elements are the nude figures, while the dressing-table and mirror serve merely as a background. In the next picture, Nude against the Light (1908, Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels), Bonnard depicted a young girl looking at herself in a mirror with its “Japanese” frame already familiar from the Moscow still life, and the composition is more complicated.

Yet, the landscape is more important here than the human figures, a landscape which is not wild and primordial, but cultivated, a landscape produced by hundreds of years of European civilization nurtured by the Mediterranean. A great deal of space in the garden is taken up by the trees. Their theatrical and festive arabesques set the general, decorative tone of the pictures and create a feeling of luxuriant nature. In the background, which nevertheless seems somehow close to the viewer, subordinate to the rules of flat landscape painting, is the alluring blue of the Mediterranean, the birthplace of European civilization.

Oil on board, 52 x 41 cm, National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin. 24 Bonnard delighted in walking the tightrope between stylised decorative abstraction and unstylised realism. His Landscape with a Goods Train (Train and Fishing Boats) provides a typical example. Each detail of the landscape may puzzle the viewer. It takes time to identify the tree in the right lower corner for what it is or the vineyard on the left. All details are governed by the ensemble of tones. That is why Bonnard is inevitably vague.

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