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Mme Vuillard Sewing by the Window, rue Truffaut

Artist:
Édouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940 La Baule)
Date:
ca. 1899
Medium:
Oil on cardboard laid down on panel.
Dimensions:
19 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (49.5 x 52.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
1975.1.225
Not on view
An artist of quiet interiors and mysterious, solitary
figures, Edouard Vuillard lived and worked in the
rooms on the rue Truffaut in Paris where his mother
ran a corset business. The artist was inspired by the
rich decorative patterns of these rooms, and frequently
used his mother as his model. In this painting, Madame
Vuillard is seated by a window, barely perceptible
under the yardage of opaque white fabric she patiently
sews. The artist plays with space and perspective, with
texture and patterning, and with the geometry and
arabesques of his furnishings.
Signature: Signed (lower left): E Vuillard
Acquired from the artist by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, April 27, 1901; Georges Dusseuil, Le Havre and Paris, January 31, 1902; Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, May 6, 1902; Gaston Bernheim de Villers, Paris, July 7, 1908; Sam Salz, New York; acquired from Sam Salz, New York, by Robert Lehman, New York, April 1952.
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