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Called The Nabis By Paul Gauguin

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Imitating the expressive shading and strong example used by Paul Gauguin, his point was to investigate a type of beautifying painting. Called the Nabis (Hebrew for "prophets"), his impression on French craftsmanship was quick yet permanent. The Nabis seperated around 1900, and Bonnard would spend the next forty-seven years looking for the right expression as a painter. Bonnard clearly admitted that he could only paint the familiar such as taking tea, feeding a cat, leaning to the dinner table. He did drawings of his subjects, recording notes about how the moment felt, or the climate, or shading connections, and in some cases, up until 1920, he took photos, catching a painting or drawing of a moment . In any case, he painted entirely from memory,
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