Educator Program: Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889-1900

November 1, 2021 @ 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm

Zoom webinar

The exhibition Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, 1889-1900 focuses on an important slice of French life and art at the end of the nineteenth century. In the autumn of 1889, a group of avant-garde artists formed a brotherhood to promote a radical new direction in art. Adopting the name Nabis—Hebrew for ‘prophets’—they sought to capture subjective experience and emotion in their paintings, drawings, and prints. They drew their inspiration from things close at hand—daily meals, family members and pets at rest or play, hushed interiors, and private gardens. 

In this Educator Program, exhibition curator Mary Weaver Chapin joins us to introduce the four artists featured in this exhibition. She will explore their varied and sophisticated use of private domestic life as the locus for artistic inspiration. After more than a year of living and working at home, students and teachers alike will respond to these compelling paintings that telegraph both the creature comforts of home life as well as the claustrophobia and tension that often bubble just beneath the surface. 

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The Portland Art Museum is pleased to offer accommodations to ensure that our programs are accessible and inclusive. All spaces for this program are accessible by wheelchair. Assistive listening devices are also available for lectures. All restrooms have accessible stalls but no power doors. There are single-stall all-gender bathrooms available. Please ask staff for directions.

We will do our best to accommodate your needs when you arrive, however, we need 2-3 weeks advance notice for some specific requests. Please email requests to, or call 503-226-2811.

Women with a Dog, 1891. Pierre Bonnard. Oil and ink on canvas.
Women with a Dog, 1891. Pierre Bonnard (French, 1867–1947). Oil and ink on canvas; 41 x 32.5 cm. The Clark Art Institute, Acquired by the Clark, 1979, 1979.23. Image courtesy of the Clark Art Institute. © 2020 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris