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Early in 1908, Vuillard and his mother moved into an
apartment in the corner building of the 26 rue de Calais, in the
modest Batignolles district. They remained there twenty years, living
on the fourth and then on the second floor. Both apartments
overlooked the Place Vintimille (today's Place Adolphe Max) and the
oval-shaped Square Berlioz, named in 1905 in commemoration of the
composer Hector Berlioz, who used to live nearby at the 4 Rue de
Calais. The monument to his name, erected in 1886, can be seen in
several of Vuillard’s paintings.
Signature: Signature stamp at lower right: Vuillard
This painting has been authenticated by Antoine Salomon on March 14, 2007 .
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.
French, 1868-1940, Cuiseaux, France, based in Paris, France