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Les Nabis, Free Poster
- Nabi is a Hebrew word for Prophet. The Nabi was founded by Paul Sérusier.
- The Nabi artists were a mystical believing group of young men that came together around 1890 in Paris.
- were considered a Symbolist, cult-like group, a secret society.
- viewed artists as potential seers with the power to reveal the invisible.
- The Nabi artists were to use their art to evoke rather than specify, suggest rather than describe.
- They were inspired by Paul Gauguin’s work, who was both a Post Impressionist and Symbolist painter.
- Symbolist poetry and literary arts also inspired Nabi artists.
- Nabi artists felt their paintings were mostly subjective and deeply rooted in the soul of the artist.
- At the beginning of Nabi meetings, the artists would recite this mantra together: "sounds, colors, and words have a miraculously expressive power beyond all representation and even beyond the literal meaning of the words.”
- Nabis artists did not use the same subject matter or styles but they did use a few formal tenets, including the concept that a painting was a harmonious grouping of lines and colors.
- A Nabi artist's personal style was evolved by how he chose to arrange his lines and colors.
- They did not consider paintings as re-creations of the natural world. The Nabi did not even particularly like the “Great Outdoors.”
- They were also called the painters of the “Great Indoors”, because they painted the creature comforts of home into their paintings, regardless of setting.
- Nabi artists were opposed to the Impressionist art movement.
- They thought the Impressionists were merely transcribing nature which was not an inherently artistic process.
- The Nabi wanted a more thinking oriented approach to art than the Impressionists used.