Intimist (Intimisme)

This stylistic classification has been used to describe late 19th-century genre scenes, set within domestic spaces. Intimism is closely associated with works produced by Edouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard. The visual characteristics of intimism overlap with contemporary movements and groups such as impressionism, Symbolism, and the Nabis. In addition to intimate spaces, the term can describe visual art or literature that deals with personal, private feelings or experiences. Vuillard, Bonnard, and their intimist contemporaries were adopting ideas explored centuries earlier by Dutch artists such as Johannes Vermeer (1632-1675).


"European Collection," DMA research document, n.d., Education files.

Related Multimedia

Richard R. Brettell Lecture Series special event celebrating the Reves Collection 25th Anniversary; Late Night Lecture; Richard Thomson is Watson Gordon Professor of Fine Art, University of Edinburgh; Belinda Thomson is Independent Art Historian and Honorary Fellow, University of Edinburg; DMA Collection Femmes de Maison, 1985.R.75;

Web Resources

The Nabis and Decorative Painting
Read Laura Auricchio's October 2004 essay for the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History (October 2004, Metropolitan Museum of Art).