Édouard Vuillard

French, 1868–1940

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Édouard Vuillard

French, 1868–1940

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In the course of his long career, Édouard Vuillard produced hundreds of paintings depicting life in Paris through impressions of people in landscapes or interiors. He considered French society the primary subject in his works, rather than the individuals, and famously said: “I don’t do portraits. I paint people in their surroundings.” Vuillard, who was involved in experimental theater, was well known for producing large-scale works and murals. Some of his most famous works were made early in his career during his involvement with Les Nabis (named after the Hebrew and Arabic term for “prophets”), an avant-garde group deeply influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin. His peers in the group included Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis. Vuillard’s own style was distinctive for its use of simplified forms, planes of color, and decorative or ornamental elements.

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$18m, Christie's, 2017
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
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Artforum, and 3 more
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Biography

In the course of his long career, Édouard Vuillard produced hundreds of paintings depicting life in Paris through impressions of people in landscapes or interiors. He considered French society the primary subject in his works, rather than the individuals, and famously said: “I don’t do portraits. I paint people in their surroundings.” Vuillard, who was involved in experimental theater, was well known for producing large-scale works and murals. Some of his most famous works were made early in his career during his involvement with Les Nabis (named after the Hebrew and Arabic term for “prophets”), an avant-garde group deeply influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin. His peers in the group included Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis. Vuillard’s own style was distinctive for its use of simplified forms, planes of color, and decorative or ornamental elements.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$18m, Christie's, 2017
User
Solo show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 6 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Tate, and 4 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 3 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
documenta
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