Paul Gauguin inspired and launched the Nabis during the late 1880s at Pont-Aven. They first exhibited in 1889, and published their manifesto in 1890, by which time he had moved onto another project.
His enigmatic paintings of interiors appear cinematic in their composition and lighting, akin to those of cinematographers of the future, not painters of the past.
Popular in the early Renaissance, it was revived by William Blake, the Nabis, and a few others. Despite its disadvantages, these are wonderful paintings.
With his chroma increasing all the time, he took to a series of classical myths, set on French beaches. Later his paintings became more devotional.
One of the co-founders of Les Nabis, many of his paintings are religious in theme. He was also a fan of Cézanne, and painted a major homage to him.
In the 20th century, his style evolved from the Nabi. The sun came out, he used higher chroma, and painted many portraits.
Paintings from his student days through his active membership of the Nabis, including his superb triptych ‘Public Gardens’.
His later pastels are particularly sublime, with high chroma and mythical stories, include a drunken man being loaded onto a donkey.
A founder member of the Nabis, and close friend of Pierre Bonnard, he developed a unique high chroma style and a taste for mythical landscapes.
Tony Robert-Fleury’s pupils included Lovis Corinth, Cecilia Beaux, Lydia Field Emmet, Marie Bashkirtseff, George Clausen, Édouard Vuillard, and Ker-Xavier Roussel.