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Nabis
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A group of artists and an association of friends founded by Paul Sérusier in Paris in 1888. It included, among others, Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, and from 1890 Édouard Vuillard, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Paul Valloton, and Aristide Maillol. The term nabis comes from the Hebrew nebiʾı̑m, “prophets” or “enlightened ones,” and stressed the group's idealistic and symbolistic artistic claims in contrast to the illusionist imitation aesthetics of the Académie des Beaux-Arts. The object depicted should be subordinate to the means of…

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Kitschen, Friederike, “Nabis”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 July 2021 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124000>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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