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Mme Vuillard in a Set Designer's Studio

Artist:
Édouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940 La Baule)
Date:
1893–94
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
17 3/4 x 14 3/4 in. (45.1 x 37.5 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.223
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 961
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.
Signature: Signed (lower right): E. Vuillard
G. Bernheim, Paris; Alphonse Bellier, Paris; Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York; acquired from Jacques Seligmann & Co., New York, by Robert Lehman, New York, November 1948.
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