Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 by Stephen Brown & Richard R. Brettell

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Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 by Stephen Brown
With an essay by Richard R. Brettell


8vo. pp. xiii, 130. profusely illustrated. bibliography. index. hardcover boards. dw. New Haven & London: Yale University Press & The Jewish Museum, New York, [2012].


ISBN-10: 0300176759 / ISBN-13: 9780300176759


In many of Edouard Vuillard's (1868-1940) most famous paintings, figures are nestled in intimate settings among bold patterns and colors. As the viewer's eye adjusts to the complexity of the scene, the artist's world opens up. At a young age, Vuillard was one of a group of avant-garde painters in Paris who favored rich palettes and dreamlike imagery. He was equally a member of the literary and theatrical circles that included writers like Marcel Proust and Stéphane Mallarmé. As his career progressed into the new century, he entered the rarefied society of upper-class French families—many of them Jewish—who collected the new art, published the new poetry, and wrote the new criticism.

This beautifully illustrated book examines the master artist's work in the context of a unique circle of friends and patrons between the turn of the 20th century and World War II. Essays by leading scholars explore the artist's relationship with key members of this glamorous social circle, as well as the connections between Vuillard and Proust, two of the world's great observers of a world now lost.

A fascinating exploration of artistic culture in Paris before the war, Edouard Vuillard establishes the artist as one of the masters of the modern portrait.