Pierre Bonnard was a French painter and print-maker acutely committed to avant-garde efforts as commonly designated Art Nouveau. His special take upon the matter became known as Les Nabis, a concentration upon delicate minutiae of figures and settings, and the play of light and color, as evoking a hushed, pristine energy.

This endeavor was especially conducive to lithography with its affinity for nuances of form and color.

There is a magical, paradoxical tension in many of Bonnard’s prints. They convey with special poise arresting powers implicit in quiet eventuation.

We’ve been fortunate to find a late (1950) portfolio of glorious lithographic renderings of Bonnard’s print output, including the few but memorable posters he produced.

How do you grab attention in the street with intimist strategies?

To conclude this first of many instalments of that resource, we could suggest that the magnetic (to us) strangeness of these images works well, for a significant segment of the population. If that is a valid discernment, the streets of Paris had to be remarkably distinguished!

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