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LES NABIS AND THE DECORATIVE ARTS
BONNARD, VUILLARD, MAURICE DENIS...

Les Nabis and the Decorative Arts Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis...From Wednesday 13/03/2019 to Sunday 30/06/2019True pioneers of modern décor, Bonnard, Vuillard, Maurice Denis, Sérusier, Ranson and Vallotton
defended an art relating directly to life. They created original, joyous and rhythmic works, intended to decorate contemporary interiors in reaction against the aesthetics of historical pastiche that were in vogue at the end of the 19th century. The decorative arts of the Nabis are a specific experience of total art, based on breaking down the boundaries of technique.
Responding most often to commissions from friends and patrons close to the group, they took themes familiar to artists such as the association of women with nature, inwardness and spirituality. Driven by the desire to create an art accessible to all, the Nabis innovated in the fields of tapestry, wallpaper, stained glass and ceramics. Their creations, remaining as prototypes, are part of the movement of decorative renewal defended and popularised in France by Siegfried Bing. Most of the decorative panels of the Nabis have been dispersed over time.
The ambition of the exhibition is to reconstitute as completely as possible some of the major collections they produced. But it has become impossible to show their original hangings in the absence of documents or photographs.

Curators: Isabelle Cahn, General Curator of Paintings at the Musée d’Orsay and Guy Cogeval, Director of the Centre d’études des Nabis et du Symbolisme in Paris
Scenography: Hubert Le Gall

This exhibition is organised by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais and the Musées d’Orsay et de l’Orangerie, Paris.

Maurice Denis, "Avril" (détail), 1892 © Otterlo, Collection Kröller-Müller Museum

LES NABIS  EVENEMENTS CULTURELS

LES NABIS ÉVÈNEMENTS CULTURELSFrom Wednesday 13/03/2019 to Sunday 30/06/2019Le Musée du Luxembourg programme chaque saison un cycle de rencontres ainsi que des soirées thématiques qui vous donnent l'occasion de découvrir autrement l'exposition. Artistes, historiens, sociologues, critiques d'art, conservateurs et étudiants, tous se donnent rendez-vous pour vous faire partager leur regard sur les œuvres rassemblées.

Les conférences ont lieu au cinéma "Les 3 Luxembourg", 67, rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris 6è.


Édouard Vuillard, "Jardins publics : La Promenade" (détail),1894, Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, The Robert Lee Blaffer Memorial Collection, don de M. et Mme Kenneth Dale Owen, 53.9 © The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

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