Mme Vuillard in a Set Designer's Studio
- Édouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940 La Baule)
- Oil on canvas
- 17 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (45.1 x 37.5 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
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The complex architecture of this interior suggests that it was painted in the studio where Vuillard worked as a set painter. The figure shown before the staircase may be Vuillard’s mother, a seamstress, who appears to be crouching over a balustrade either working on a garment or in pensive repose. Starting in 1889, Vuillard was associated with a group of young avant-garde artists who called themselves the Nabi (Hebrew for “prophet”). They painted from memory, unlike their predecessors, the Impressionists, who painted of the moment.