Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1886, later moving to the Académie Julian. There he met Bonnard and other painters with whom he founded the Nabis in 1889 (the name derived from the Hebrew for prophet). The Nabi rejected impressionism and considered simple transcription of the appearance of the natural world unthinking and unartistic.
Inspired by Gauguin's work and symbolist poetry, their paintings evoke rather than specify, suggest rather than describe. Recognizing that the physical components of painting, coloured pigments arranged on a flat surface, were artificial, they considered as false the traditional convention of regarding paintings as re-creations of the natural world.
Vuillard developed an "intimist" style which he retained for his entire career, and of which he remains the incomparable master. In addition to painting, he was also involved in book illustration, poster design, and designs for the theatre.
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