Post Impressionist Picture Theory

Maurice Denis, On the Beach (Two Girls against the Light), 1892, private collect
Maurice Denis, On the Beach (Two Girls against the Light), 1892, private collection, Germany

Emily Nathan reviews the exhibition Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard, on view at the Phillips Collection, Washington, D.C. through May 6, 2012.

Nathan writes: "while the two mediums have their parallels -- Bonnard's nude photos of his model and future wife Marthe are clearly echoed in many of his painted compositions, for instance -- the show suggests that the influence of photography on these artists’ painting was “diffuse and multifaceted” rather than obvious and direct."