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)
Gift of Robert Lehman, 1948
Not on view
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.
Inscription: Signed (lower right): E. Vuillard
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)
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, Conn. Wadsworth Atheneum. "Twentieth Century Painting from Three Cities," October 19–December 4, 1955, no. 53 (as "Still Life," c. 1926).
Claude Roger-Marx. Vuillard, His Life and Work. New York, 1946, p. 79, calls it "Faisan posé sur une chaise (Pheasant on a chair)" and dates it 1926; notes that it is one of Vuillard's few paintings of game.
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., call it "Still Life in the Studio"; state that the artist dated it about 1926 for the catalogue of Exh. Paris 1938; note that the sketch clipped to the board behind the pheasant is a study for the tree in the background painting (SC XII-48, 49, 50).
Lucy Oakley. Edouard Vuillard. New York, 1981, p. 17, colorpl. 21, calls it "Still-Life in the Studio" and dates it about 1926.
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), call it "Pheasant on a Chair in Front of a Painting by Vuillard" and date it 1928; reproduce two studies for the painting in the background, both dated 1928–30 (private collection, United States, SC XII-48; Musée d'Orsay, Paris, SC XII-49).
Stephen Brown. Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890–1940. Exh. cat., Jewish Museum, New York. New York, 2012, ill. p. 67 (color).