- Glossary definition: Les Nabis
Les Nabis
(Hebrew, "The Prophets")

Parisian group of artists active during the 1890s. Paul SÚrusier and Maurice Denis were the principal theorists of the group. Influenced by Gauguin , the Nabis developed a style characterised by flat areas of boldly juxtaposed but muted colours and heavily outlined surface patterns. They were unified by the decorative character of their work and their dislike of Impressionism . They mainly painted religious motifs in a consistently Symbolist, decorative formal idiom

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