In 1889/90, Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940) joined a group of artists that included, among others, Maurice Denis (1870–1943) and Paul Sérusier (1863–1927). Known as the ‘Nabis’ (meaning ‘prophets’ in Hebrew and Arabic), the group was characterised by its symbolist visual language and a search for a new understanding of colour that ventured far beyond naturalistic tones. This exhibition of the Staatliche Graphische Sammlung does not attempt a comprehensive overview of Vuillard’s work. Instead, the collection’s rare black-and-white leaves and state proofs illuminate Vuillard’s lithographic techniques and his methods of discovering an image, in the process shedding light on the printing technique itself. A painter of interiors and park landscapes, Vuillard is considered an ‘intimist’ within the Nabis, particularly distinguished by his introspective, masterful use of

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