Self-Portrait with Waroquy

Edouard Vuillard French

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In his sober, high-collared garment, the pensive twenty-three year old Vuillard might be taken for a civil servant or a clergyman, were it not for the palette and paintbrushes in his hand. The artist’s friend Waroquy, with a cigarette between his lips, looms behind, his facial features and his body rendered more vaguely. The dreamlike quality of the picture derives from the fact that it is a mirror image. This is understood by the reflection of the small bottle at the lower right. According to one of Vuillard’s autobiographical journal entries, he posed in front of a mirror in his grandmother's bedroom.

Self-Portrait with Waroquy, Edouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940 La Baule), Oil on canvas

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