The Nabis also experimented freely with the artistic possibilities offered by colour lithography.
Their prints, like their paintings and drawings, expressed their intimate, personal experiences and feelings through a naive, decorative visual language, with bright expanses of colour, graceful lines and strong contours.
Another ambition of the Nabis was to integrate art more completely into daily life.
As a medium, printmaking was perfectly suited to this task. They designed countless posters, theatre programmes, artists’ books, and sheet music that enhanced the aesthetic experience of the everyday.
All the same, their subtle and often complex art remained largely restricted to their own circle of writers, dramatists, and collectors.
Only Ibels and Vallotton succeeded in reaching a wider audience with their illustrations for sheet music and magazines.
George L. Mauner, The Nabis. Their History and their Art 1888-1896, New York 1978
Patricia Eckert Boyer (ed.), The Nabis and the Parisian Avant-Garde, New Brunswick 1988
François Fossier, La nébuleuse Nabie: Les Nabis et l'art graphique, Paris 1993