Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)

Madame Vuillard cousant

Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
Vuillard, E.
Madame Vuillard cousant
signed 'Vuillard' (lower right)
distemper and tempera on board laid down on panel
27 x 23 in. (69.9 x 59.7 cm.)
Painted circa 1920-1921
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Levine.
Pittsburgh, Carnegie Institute, Twenty-fifth Annual International Exhibition of Paintings, October-December 1926, no. 245.
Paris, Galerie Durand-Ruel, E. Vuillard (1868-1940), May-September 1961, no. 56 (as Mme Vuillard Brodant; dated 1919).
New York, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Loan Exhibition, Vuillard, October-November 1964, no. 48 (illustrated).
Sale room notice
The correct PROVENANCE of this lot is as follows:
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.
Gaston Levy, Paris; sale, Htel Drouot, Paris, 17 November 1932, lot 124.
Madame Dewez, Paris.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph E. Levine; sale, Sotheby's, New York, 18 May 1983, lot 33.

Additional LITERATURE:
J. Salomon, Vuillard, Paris, 1945, p. 106 (illustrated).

Lot Essay

La Closerie des Gents was the Vuillard family home in Vaucresson from 1918 to 1922, and from 1924 to 1925. The wallpaper that appears in the present work adorned the walls of the family dining room in the house.

Elizabeth W. Easton describes the important role Vuillard's mother played in his life and art. "The central character in may of these works (of seamstresses)....is Marie Justine Alexandrine Michaud Vuillard, the painter's mother, whom he called his muse. Whether she is shown at work, as here, or at rest.... the paintings pay homage to her and to her profession; they are lyrical tributes to the subject of women at work" (E.W. Easton, "Icons of Inwardness; The Sewing Paintings," The Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard, exh. cat., Houston, The Museum of Fine Arts, 1989-1990, p. 26).

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