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.
Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Exposition É. Vuillard. Exh. cat., Paris, 1938.
Musée de l'Orangerie. Exposition de la collection Lehman de New York . Exh. cat., Paris, 1957.
The Lehman Collection, New York. Exh. cat., Cincinnati, 1959.
Yale University Art Gallery. Paintings, Drawings, and Sculpture Collected by Yale Alumni . Exh. cat., New Haven, 1960.
M. Roy Fisher. Vuillard: Loan Exhibition … for the Benefit of the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. Exh. cat., New York, 1964.
Stuart Preston. Édouard Vuillard. New York , 1972.
Bronx Museum of the Arts. Paris: Places and People. Paintings and Drawings from the Robert Lehman Collection. Exh. cat., New York , 1974.
George Szabo. The Robert Lehman Collection: A Guide. New York, 1975.
Lucy Oakley. Édouard Vuillard. New York , 1981.
Stuart Preston. Édouard Vuillard. New York , 1985.
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George Szabo. Franske mestervaerker: Malerier og tegninger fra det 19. og 20. århundrede fra Robert Lehman Collection, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York / French Masterpieces: XIX and XX Century Paintings and Drawings, from the Robert Lehman Collection of the Metrop. Exh. cat., Copenhagen, 1986.
Colta Ives. ""French Prints in the Era of Impressionism and Symbolism"." The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin, 46 (Summer 1988).
Elizabeth Easton. The Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard. Exh. cat., Washington, D.C., 1989.
Antoine Salomon Guy Cogeval. Vuillard: The Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels. Vol. 1, Milan and Paris, 2003.
Richard R. Brettell, Paul Hayes Tucker, Natalie H. Lee. The Robert Lehman Collection: Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Paintings. Vol. 3, New York, 2009.