Pierre Bonnard was the leader of a group of post-impressionist painters who called themselves the Nabis, from the Hebrew word meaning ‘prophet’. Bonnard, Vuillard, Roussel and Denis, the most distinguished of the Nabis, revolutionized the spirit of decorative techniques during one of the richest periods in the history of French painting. Influenced by Odilon Redon and Puvis de Chavanne, by popular imagery and Japanese etchings, this post-impressionist group was above all a close circle of friends who shared the same cultural background and interests. An increasing individualism in their art often threatened the group’s unity and although tied together by a common philosophy their work clearly diverged. This publication lets us compare and put into perspective the artists within this fascinating group. The works presented in this collection offer a palette of extraordinary poetic expressions: candid in Bonnard, ornamental and mysterious in Vuillard, gently dream-like in Denis, grim and almost bitter in Vallotton, the author shares with us the lives of these artists to the very source of their creative gifts.
Publisher: Buffalo Fine Arts Albright Knox Art Gallery
The Albright-Knox Art Academy celebrated its 125th anniversary in 1862 with the publication of 125 outstanding works from its collections. The volume includes paintings and sculptures by the best-known artists of the 19th and 20th centuries, representing major schools of U.S. and European art from early American portraiture and impressionism to minimalism and neo-expressionism. Among those featured from American art history are George Bellows, Thomas Eakins, and Winslow Homer; from 19th century European art are Paul Gauguin, Henri Matisse and George Seurat; and Salvador Dali, Marc Chagall, and Pablo Picasso from the modernists. Other artists represented include William de Kooning, Jackson Pollock, Robert Rauschenberg and Andy Warhol. ISBN 0-8478-0786-X : $40.00. (For use only in the library).
A Sourcebook on Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Gustave Moreau, Odilon Redon, and Maurice Denis
Author: Russell T. Clement
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
The first comprehensive, scholarly sourcebook/research guide/bibliography on the major French Symbolists painters, this work includes nearly 3,000 entries covering a variety of materials. Each artist receives a primary and secondary bibliography with many annotated entries. Art works, personal names, and subject indexes facilitate easy access. The volume is designed for art historians, art students, museum and gallery curators, and others interested in this major art style of the last half of the 19th century and the first quarter of the 20th century. Art museums and art libraries in both the United States and abroad were gleaned for sources. This is a unique and substantial research tool. Symbolism is one of the most difficult art movements to define. Its primary meaning is the representation of things by symbols, by the imaginative suggestion of dreams and the subconscious through symbolic allusion and luxuriant decoration. The writings of Charles Baudelaire on the arts powerfully influenced the aesthetic theories of Symbolist artists and critics from 1860-1900, much as Baudelaire's poetics were the root of Symbolist literature. The Symbolist work, be it painting or poem, is above all personal and revelatory, precious not commonplace, reflecting and evoking a journey of the imagination. French Symbolist artists explored this style, attitude, and atmosphere from the 1880s to the early twentieth century. This sourcebook organizes biographical, historical, and critical information on four major French Symbolist artists: Pierre Puvis de Chavannes (1824-98), Gustave Moreau (1826-98), Odilon Redon (1840-1916), and Maurice Denis (1870-1943). The first three artists are recognized as originators of the movement. Denis is regarded as Symbolist's foremost theorist and profoundly religious practitioner. Although all four artists have been the focus of major retrospective exhibitions since 1990, no comprehensive sourcebook/bibliography exists.
Published to coincide with an exhibition of Pierre Bonnard's work at the Tate Gallery in London (12th February - 17th May 1998) and the Museum of Modern Art, New York (24th June - 29th September 1998), this is a concise illustrated survey of Bonnard's use of colour and light. It reviews his life and work, and sets out to show, through an analysis of key works, how his technique and working methods developed over 50 years.
Pierre Bonnard, Paul Cezanne, Edgar Degas, Kees van Dongen, Paul Gauguin, Fernand Leger, Henri Matisse, Joan Miro, Amedeo Modigliani, Pablo Picasso, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, all painted in praise of women. Works by all these great artists have been combined in a unique study celebrating Woman as a goddess, mother, wife, lover, and femme fatale. Key paintings in oil by each of these great artists evoke a kaleidoscope of different sensual, sexual, and maternal emotions. In addition, there are 30 images by Pablo Picasso in other media: in pencil, watercolor, and chalk. "L'Eternel Feminin," a central theme in Picasso's work, is reflected in these pictures, taken from many different periods in the artist's life. Many of the 80 works, which have rarely, if ever, been published, come from well-known private collections all over the world. 224 pages with 150 illustrations, 135 in color.
60th Anniversary of the Opening of the Picture Gallery at the Villa Favorita : Lugano, Villa Favorita, September 5-November 2, 1997
The volume features nearly one hundred and twenty masterpieces from the Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza collection, divided into twelve art historical sections. In chronological order, beginning with the Italian Baroque paintings and Vedutismo, it covers the Rococò and 18th-century pre-Romanticism, Spanish Romanticism and genre-painting, American and Spanish landscape painters, Impressionism and post-Impressionism, ending with Symbolism, Expressionism and the Early Avantgarde.