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Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940)

La Consultation

Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
La Consultation
signed 'E. Vuillard' (lower right)
peinture à la colle on card laid down on canvas
27 x 17 7/8 in. (68.6 x 45.4 cm.)
Painted in 1922
Dr. Parvu, Paris (gift from the artist, March 1922).
Jos. Hessel, Paris (circa 1938).
Galerie Alfred Daber, Paris (circa 1947).
Private collection, Paris.
Galerie Bellier, Paris.
Acquired from the above by the late owner, February 1987.
J. Warnod, Vuillard, Paris, 1988, p. 82 (illustrated in color).
J. Russell, "That Rare Breed, Both a Revolutionary and a Man of Peace," The New York Times, 25 June 1989, p. 31 (illustrated).
A. Salomon and G. Cogeval, Vuillard, Le regard innombrable, Catalogue critique des peintures et pastels, Paris, 2003, vol. III, pp. 1374-1375, no. XI-158 (illustrated in color; with incorrect dimensions).
Paris, Musée des arts décoratifs, E. Vuillard, May-July 1938, no. 200.
Paris, Galerie Alfred Daber, Oeuvres remarquables de Vuillard, April-May 1947.
New York, The Katonah Gallery, The Intimate Eye of Edouard Vuillard, May-August 1989, pp. 17 and 46, no. 11 (illustrated in color, p. 23).
The Glasgow Art Gallery and Museum; Sheffield, Graves Art Gallery and Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Vuillard, A National Touring Exhibition for the South Bank Center, September 1991-March 1992, p. 97, no. 95 (illustrated in color, p. 33).
St. Tropez, Musée de l'Annonciade and Lausanne, Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts, Edouard Vuillard, La porte entrebâillée, July 2000-January 2001, p. 174, no. 84 (illustrated in color, p. 136, pl. 58).

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Lot Essay

According to Antoine Salomon and Guy Cogeval, "Vuillard's brother, Alexandre, known in the family as Miquen, was an important presence in the artist's life after the First World War...Here, Miquen is shown laid up in bed in his brother's room, where he convalesced between 16 November 1921 and 3 January 1922. On 27 January 1922, Vuillard noted in his Journal: 'largely redraw Parvu Miquen painting'; and on 10 February: 'work [in the] morning [on] Parvu painting[,] move drawing of chest of drawers 4 cm.' The foreshortened chest of drawers on the left...harks back to the simplified, compact forms of Vuillard's Nabi style. Dr. Parvu, easily recognisable from his crew-cut hair and short, clipped beard, was the Romanian assistant of Dr. Henri Vaquez, and the author of a dissertation on the treatment of cardiovascular syphilis. He became one of Vuillard's confidants in the 1920s" (op. cit.). The first owner of La Consultation was Dr. Parvu, who received this painting as a gift from Vuillard on 29 March 1922.

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