Edouard Vuillard


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Vuillard, Edouard

 

Born Nov. 11, 1868, in Cuiseaux, Burgundy; died June 21, 1940, in La Baule, Brittany. French painter.

From 1886, Vuillard studied at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and at the Julian Academy in Paris. In about 1890 he became a member of the Nabis group, which developed the decorative trends of late impressionism. He was influenced by P. Gauguin, H. Toulouse-Lautrec, and Japanese prints. Vuil-lard was an intimist artist. He painted intimate genre pictures of everyday life, as well as portraits, landscapes, and still lifes and created decorative panels, lithographs, and illustrations. Vuillard’s art, consisting of variations on a narrow range of subjects, is attractive in the fresh directness of its approach to daily life, the artist’s subtle emotions, the colorful and rhythmic expressiveness of silhouettes, and the exquisite harmony of opaque, vibrant colors, mainly composed of related transitional shades (In Bed, 1891, National Museum of Modern Art, Paris; In the Room, 1893, the Hermitage, Leningrad).

REFERENCE

Ritchie, A. C. Edouard Vuillard. New York, 1954.
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