Course Description

Analyze the artistic contributions of Pierre Bonnard and his fellow members of les Nabis, including Edouard Vuillard, Felix Vallotton, Paul Serusier, Odilon Redon and Maurice Denis, among others. Influenced by Paul Gauguin and Japanese prints, the Nabis artists were active in the late nineteenth century and took their name from the Hebrew word for prophet. Bonnard's mature work often featured tight cropping, asymmetrical compositions, and unconventional lighting, resulting in a synthesis that gave equal importance to everything within the field of vision. Explore the work of Bonnard and his fellow Nabis artists and examine how their distinctive styles influenced modern art.

Course Outline

This exhibition will prepare you for an informed visit to the Kimbell Art Museum's exhibition Bonnard's Worlds (November 5, 2023 - January 28, 2024), but this course does not include a group visit to the Kimbell.



  • Register early to secure your spot, using the SMU CAPE Student Portal. Please be aware that insufficient enrollment may cause course cancellation.
  • If you need registration assistance or would like to enroll after online registration has closed, please call 214-768-2273 or contact smuthink@smu.edu.

Thank you for your interest! 

If you would like to be notified if new sections open for enrollment, please click the red button and complete a short form. 

Required fields are indicated by .