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Sheet: 32.4 x 49.9 cm (12 3/4 x 19 5/8 in.)

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Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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.

High auction record
$17.8m, Christie's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Yale University Art Gallery
Selected exhibitions
2019
The Courtauld Collection: A Vision for ImpressionismFondation Louis Vuitton
Les Nabis et Le DécorMusée du Luxembourg
2017
Paris, Fin de Siècle: Signac, Redon, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Their ContemporariesGuggenheim Museum Bilbao
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Les Soutiens de la société, 1896

Lithograph in black on light brown wove paper
12 3/4 × 19 5/8 in
32.4 × 49.8 cm
Permanent collection
Location
Washington
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Sheet: 32.4 x 49.9 cm (12 3/4 x 19 5/8 in.)

Medium
Image rights
Courtesy National Gallery of Art, Washington

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.

High auction record
$17.8m, Christie's, 2017
Collected by major museums
Tate, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Indianapolis Museum of Art at Newfields, Yale University Art Gallery
Selected exhibitions (3)
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