From 1893 to 1903, Pierre Bonnard created more than 35 images for a seminal French literary and artistic journal called La Revue blanche, as well as giant posters advertising the periodical. These early lithographs by Bonnard were gestural sketches that built on Impressionism's "fleeting moments" concept by layering on meaning and patterns.
"Anybody who is anybody reads La Revue," the image hints. "Read it, and you too can be somebody." It was a message that was perfectly consistent with the populist agenda that Bonnard and his friend Edouard Vuillard espoused.
If you go Bonnard & Vuillard runs through Aug. 10 at the Baltimore Museum of Art, 10 Art Museum Drive. Free. Call 443-573-1700 or go to artbma.org.