Édouard Vuillard had a long, prolific and rewarding career. He was the very model of the 19th-Century artist: he worked hard and incessantly and truly mastered the genre of intimate portraits, depicting his subjects in their own relaxed setting. He came into his own in the 1890s and “Before the age of 30 he made some of the most beguiling paintings of fin de siècle Paris: intimate, compact, brushy pictures of his mother and sister in the apartment he shared with them and the dressmaking shop they worked in. Painting with special attention to wallpaper and fabric patterns, he made people almost dissolve into atomized, flattened surfaces, anticipating a century that would pulverize into air everything once taken for solid.” (Ken Johnson for the New York Times, May 3, 2012)
Vuillard’s commitment to analyzing how we see things, showing how things transform within the work of art is at the forefront in this selection of artworks, ranging from delicate studies of color and pattern, to nearly unrecognizable compositions composed of intricate nets of lines, to small canvases, done between 1890 and 1939.