7 May 2008
Property from the Estate of Leona M. Helmsley
Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
La cabine sur la plage (recto); Ebauche pour la salle à manger (verso)
stamped with signature 'E Vuillard' (Lugt 2497a; lower right on the recto); stamped again with signature 'E Vuillard' (Lugt 2497a; on the verso)
oil on canvas
32 x 39½ in. (81.3 x 100.3 cm.)
Painted in 1902
Estate of the artist.
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A. Salomon and G. Cogeval, Vuillard, Le Regard innombrable, Catalogue critique des peintures et pastels, Paris, 2003, vol. II, p. 863, no. VIII-63 (recto illustrated); p. 852, no. VIII-41 (verso illustrated).
While the recto of the present lot depicts a leisurely afternoon spent by two women under a sumptuously striped beach cabana surrounded by a hazy pink light, the verso reveals an unfinished yet beautifully rendered sketch for Vuillard's brilliant interior painting of 1902, Madame Vuillard écossant dans la salle à manger (Salomon and Cogeval, no. VIII-42). In 1902, Vuillard depicted his mother shelling peas in the dining room of the villa Les Myosotis in atleast five works (Salomon and Cogeval, nos. VIII-39 - VIII-43), using the fiery red walls as a startling backdrop to her focused activities in the lavishly appointed room.
(fig. 1) Photograph of Madame Vuillard in the dining room at Les Myosotis.
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