Mme Vuillard Sewing by the Window, rue Truffaut

Édouard Vuillard (French, Cuiseaux 1868–1940 La Baule)

ca. 1899
Oil on cardboard laid down on panel (per instructions of Charlotte Hale following pre-loan exam, Nov 22 2011).
19 1/2 x 20 3/4 in. (49.5 x 52.7 cm)
Credit Line:
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Accession Number:
  • Description

    An artist of quiet interiors and mysterious, solitary figures, Edouard Vuillard lived and worked in the rooms on the rue Truffaut in Paris where his mother ran a corset business. Painting the richly patterned decorative appointments of his mother's crowded rooms, the artist often used her as his model. In "Mme Vuillard Sewing by the Window, rue Truffaut", she poses seated by a window, its lingering sunlight interrupting the dim, earthy palette of the family's dining room. Madame Vuillard is barely perceptible under the yardage of opaque white fabric she patiently sews. The artist plays with space and perspective, with texture and patterning, with the geometry and arabesques of his furnishings. Hiding in Vuillard's many complex and decorative paintings, a seamstress anonymously works her craft.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Signature: Signed (lower left): E Vuillard

  • Provenance

    Acquired from the artist by the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, April 27, 1901; Georges Dusseuil, Le Havre and Paris, January 31, 1902; Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, May 6, 1902; Gaston Bernheim de Villers, Paris, July 7, 1908; Sam Salz, New York; acquired from Sam Salz, New York, by Robert Lehman, New York, April 1952.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History