Bonnard and the Nabis: My Word and My Thought into Your Hand

Bonnard and the Nabis: My Word and My Thought into Your Hand

by Albert Kostenevich, Albert Kostenevitch
     
 

Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was the leader of a group of post-impressionist painters, who called themselves The Nabis from the Hebrew word meaning "prophet." Other members of the group were Paul Serusier, Edouard Vuillard, Ker Xavier Roussel, Maurice Denis, and Felix Vallotton. Although drawn to each other by a common philosophy, the work of the various

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Pierre Bonnard (1867-1947) was the leader of a group of post-impressionist painters, who called themselves The Nabis from the Hebrew word meaning "prophet." Other members of the group were Paul Serusier, Edouard Vuillard, Ker Xavier Roussel, Maurice Denis, and Felix Vallotton. Although drawn to each other by a common philosophy, the work of the various members of the group varies widely and this book affords an excellent opportunity to contrast and compare it.

This beautifully illustrated book offers a record of the work of a group of painters who are much underrated in the West.

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Library Journal
The Nabis (from the Hebrew word for prophet) were a group of young artists active in Paris from 1888 to 1900, and Pierre Bonnard was their best-known champion. Their style, inspired by the work of Paul Gauguin, Japanese block prints, and Symbolist theory, was characterized by flat, decorative patches of color and sinuous line. Members were known for painting on unconventional materials such as cardboard and velvet and for their work in the decorative arts, theater design, book illustration, and so forth. Presented in a smooth translation that reads remarkably well, Kostenevitch's book concentrates on the paintings, prints, and drawings acquired by Russian collectors Sergei Shchukin and Ivan Morozov before the revolution and now mainly held by the Hermitage and the Pushkin Museum. An introduction provides an overview of the movement, while subsequent chapters examine five individual artists and the provenance and exhibition history of the works shown. Despite the apparent thoroughness, an index would have been useful. This is essential for serious art collections, but general libraries could make do with Claire Frches-Thory's broader The Nabis (Flammarion, 1990).Margarete Gross, Chicago P.L.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781859951170
Publisher:
Parkstone Press USA, Limited
Publication date:
12/01/1996
Series:
Schools & Movements Series
Edition description:
FRE-ENG-GE
Pages:
240
Product dimensions:
9.79(w) x 12.97(h) x 1.03(d)

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Kostenevich is curator of modern European painting at the Hermitage.

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