Happy Birthday Pierre Bonnard!! Born in France in 1867, this Impressionist painter was a member of Les Nabis, a "semi-secret" group of French artists concerned with organized harmony of the pictorial whole. He worked in the intimisme style along with Vuillard. Their interiors were filled with wonderfully flowered, patterned furniture coverings, delicate tea sets, and tablecloths. Gaily curtained windows let in streams of sun, illuminating the entire scene with light. Bonnard's relocation to the south of France further inspired his depiction of sun filled canvases. His wife, Marthe, appears in much of his work, whether after a meal seated at the table or reclining in the tub in relaxation.
Intimisme-a style of Impressionism that deal with intricate, intimate, interior spaces rather than the sun speckled landscapes of traditional Impressionistic painters.