Pierre Bonnard was a French painter, illustrator, and printmaker, known especially for the stylized decorative qualities of his paintings and his bold use of color. In 1888 Bonnard was accepted by the Ecole des Beaux-Arts, where he met Edouard Vuillard and Ker Xavier Roussel. He also sold his first commercial work of art, a design for a poster for France-Champagne, which helped him convince his family that he could make a living as an artist. He set up his first studio at on rue Lechapelais and began his career as an artist. He joined with his friends from the Academy Julien to form Les Nabis, a group of young artists that played a large part in the transition from impressionism to symbolism and the other early movements of modernism.