Born in Paris, Bonnard
was a French painter, illustrator and lithographer who trained at
the Académie Julian. He was a member of the group known as 'Les Nabis',
a post-impressionist group of artists which included Denis and Vuillard.
His style developed from the influence of impressionism, Japanese
prints, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec. Ignoring the movement towards
abstractism, he continued to paint interiors, portraits, and landscapes
in which everything is subordinated to the subtlest rendering of light
and colour effects.