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July 20, 2011

Woman With Three Girls

JAMA. 2011;306(3):242. doi:10.1001/jama.2011.887

Les Nabis, one of the artistic style movements arising from the ashes of the phoenix-like reign of the Impressionists, comprised its leader, Paul Sérusier, and other now-legendary luminaries such as Maurice Denis, Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Hungarian-born József Rippl-Rónai (1861-1927). These artists lived, worked, socialized, and studied in the same environment as other post-Impressionists, including the painters of the Fauves, and the burgeoning group of Cubists. The nucleus of Les Nabis (“the prophets”) emerged from the popular Académie Julian in Paris, where Rippl-Rónai studied in 1890. Before his Paris sojourn, Rippl-Rónai graduated as a pharmacist from the Budapest University of Sciences and also had formal artistic training at Munich's Akademie der Bildenden Künste. In Paris, he sought out fellow Hungarian and artist Mihaly Munkácsy and was accepted as acolyte at the foot of this master, despite Munkácsy's usual refusal to take on students.

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