Small Worlds: Edouard Vuillard and the Intimate Art of the Nabis explores works in the DMA's collection created by Nabi artists, including Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, and Félix Vallotton. In the years following the final impressionist exhibition in 1886, a variety of avant-garde groups were formed in Paris by young artists eager to propose a new kind of modernist painting. One of these was begun around 1888 by a handful of students at a private art school known as the Académie Julian. Calling themselves the Nabis, a Hebrew word meaning “prophets,” these young artists forged a new relationship to many of the same subjects that had fascinated the impressionists a generation before: the modern city, its streets and public spaces, and the status of the private self in relation to this public sphere.
Admission is FREE
The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Partners and donors, the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, and the Texas Commission on the Arts.
Images: Maurice Denis, Portrait of a Young Girl (Thérèse Watillaux), 1896, oil on cardboard, Dallas Museum of Art, Beatrice and Patrick Haggerty Acquisition Fund, gift of Lawrence Milton Davis by exchange, gift of Caren Prothro by exchange, and the Patsy Lacy Griffith Collection, gift of Patsy Lacy Griffith by exchange; Edouard Vuillard, Interior (Madame Vuillard and Grand-Mère Roussel at L'Étang-la-Ville), c. 1900-1901, oil on cardboard, Dallas Museum of Art, gift of the Meadows Foundation, Incorporated; Pierre Bonnard, Interior: The Terrasse Children, 1899, oil on paper board panel, Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection; Edouard Vuillard, Interior, 1893, ink, paper; lithograph, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts, The Alfred and Juanita Bromberg Collection, bequest of Juanita K. Bromberg; Edouard Vuillard, Chestnut Trees, a Cartoon for a Tiffany Stained-Glass Window, 1894–1895, glue-based distemper on cardboard, mounted on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, The Eugene and Margaret McDermott Art Fund, Inc.; Felix Edouard Vallotton, The Laundress, Blue Room (La Lingere, Chambre Bleue), 1900, oil on paper, mounted on canvas, Dallas Museum of Art, Foundation for the Arts Collection, Mrs. John B. O'Hara Fund in honor of Mrs. Alfred L. Bromberg