Interior with Paintings and a Pheasant

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

Tempera and pastel on canvas
33 1/4 x 41 1/4 in. (84.5 x 104.8 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Robert Lehman, 1948
Accession Number:
  • Description

    The painting in the background of this work shows the daughter and grandson of collector David David-Weill at his country house in Mareil-le-Guyon. Supposedly Vuillard was working on the painting in his studio when David-Weill stopped by with a pheasant from a hunting expedition. Vuillard placed it before the unfinished canvas in progress and began to paint the present picture.

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Inscription: Signed (lower right): E. Vuillard

  • Provenance

    Jos Hessel, Paris (from 1928; purchased on October 7 from the artist); Marcel Kapferer, Paris; Georges Renand, Paris (by 1931–at least 1938); Jean Walter, Paris (in 1942); [Alfred Daber, Paris]; [F. Kleinberger & Co., New York, 1947; purchased in June; sold to Lehman]; Robert Lehman, New York (1947–48; his gift to MMA)

  • Exhibition History

    Paris. Musée des Arts Décoratifs. "Exposition É. Vuillard," May–July 1938, no. 193 (as "Faisan posé sur une chaise devant un tableau," about 1926, lent by M. Renand).

    Paris. Alfred Daber. "Œuvres remarquables de Vuillard," April 25–May 14, 1947, unnumbered cat.

    Hartford. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Twentieth Century Painting from Three Cities," October 19–December 4, 1955, no. 53 (as "Still Life," c. 1926).

  • References

    Claude Roger Marx. Vuillard, His Life and Work. New York, 1946, p. 79.

    Charles Sterling and Margaretta M. Salinger. French Paintings: A Catalogue of the
    Collection of The Metropolitan Museum of Art
    . Vol. 3, XIX–XX Centuries. New York, 1967, p. 213, ill.

    Lucy Oakley. Edouard Vuillard. New York, 1981, p. 17, colorpl. 21.

    Antoine Salomon and Guy Cogeval, with the collaboration of Mathias Chivot. Vuillard, the Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels. Milan, 2003, vol. 3, p. 1469, no. XII 33, ill. (color).

    Stephen Brown. Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. Exh. cat., The Jewish Museum. New York, 2012, ill. p. 67 (color).

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History