Vuillard moved to Paris during his childhood and studied at the Lycée Condorcet where he met those who became famous artists as well as his friends: Ker Xavier Roussel, Paul Sérusier or even Maurice Denis. He abandoned his studies before obtaining his diploma in order to pursue an artistic career. He was first taught drawing by a private teacher and later studied at the Julian Academy and at l'École des Beaux-Arts. Alongside his studies he regularly went to the Musée du Louvre to sketch.Read More
In 1889, on the initiative of Maurice Denis, Edouard Vuillard joined a group of artists formed a year ago: the Nabis. Part of the Post-Impressionist movement, Nabis aren't willing to represent nature as it is given to see but rather represent the idea it conveys. They render it through pure colours applied on flat surface and through schematised, almost symbolic, forms. Edouard Vuillard, known as the 'Nabi Zouave' essentially depicted scenes of daily life set up in a quiet, cosy and dimly lit atmosphere. Apart from his indoor representations, Edouard Vuillard also realised decor and more precisely panels. Those particular works were very much appreciated and he received many commands for them.
Nowadays the Musée d'Orsay hosts many of Edouard Vuillard's painting, but these one can also be seen in New York, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and at the Ermitage Museum in St. Petersburg as well as in many other international museums.
Text courtesy Helene Bailly Gallery.