At the end of the 1880s, inspired by the English Arts & Crafts movement, Spanish modernismo and early Belgian art nouveau, a group of artists fascinated by the work of Gaugin started exploring how they could combine painting with interior design.
Artists like Bonnard, Maurice Denis, Sérusier, Vuillard and Ranson set about creating all manner of objects decorated with their work – screens, fans, wallpaper, ceramics and even stained-glass windows.
By introducing the beauty of art into everyday objects, they were defending a joyous, colourful view of life in contrast to the sobriety of the era.
In all, the work of thirteen artists is on show in the exhibition, with special loans by five American museums, two Japanese museums, the Musée d’Orsay and more.
Around the exhibition there are a number of activities, including:
— a study day at the Musée d’Orsay, call “From painting to interior design. Abolishing boundaries?” on 28th March
— a conference on 4th April with the scenographer of the exhibition, Hubert Le Gall
— a sketching evening on Tuesday 9th April (with special late opening until 9pm)
— a conference about Parisian interiors at the time of Les Nabis, on 11th April
— another conference on 16th May about Les Nabis and music, and
A catalogue of the exhibition is also available (192 pages, 250 illustrations, 39€ here at amazon.fr).