Les Nabis!

Artist self-portrait, image in the public domain in the U.S.

Artist self-portrait, image in the public domain in the U.S.

First and foremost, Happy Veteran’s Day to all those who have served or who continue to serve in the United States military.  Thank you for your service.

Additionally, today marks the birthday of Édouard Vuilllard, a French painter and printmaker and a member of Les Nabis (a group of Symbolist painters).  Les Nabis is from “the Hebrew and Arabic term for ‘prophets’ and, by extension, the artist as the ‘seer’ who reveals the invisible” (theartstory.org).  Vuillard was influenced by the following notable artists: Jean-Baptiste Simeon Chardin, Paul Sérusier, Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, and Puvis de Chavannes.  In turn, Vuillard proved to be a major influence on these artists: Stéphane Mallarmé, Paul Signac, Walter Sickert, and Henri Matisse.  Despite the significance of his accomplishments and contributions to the art world, Vuillard, a bachelor, was generally withdrawn and lived with his mother (she died in 1928, he died in 1940).

I don’t make portraits, I paint people in their homes.” (Édouard Vuillard)

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