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Edouard Vuillard : painter-decorator : patrons and projects, 1892-1912

Author: Gloria Lynn Groom
Publisher: New Haven : Yale University Press, ©1993.
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Edouard Vuillard, one of the great post-impressionists, is especially loved for his small easel paintings that capture the charm and mystery of everyday life. Yet at the same time that he was making his name as an "intimist" artist, he was also creating a number of large-scale canvases, panels, and screens commissioned to decorate the homes of his patrons and friends. Infrequently exhibited, these works were  Read more...
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Named Person: Edouard Vuillard; Edouard Vuillard; Edouard Vuillard; Edouard Vuillard; Édouard Vuillard; Édouard Vuillard; Edouard Vuillard
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Gloria Lynn Groom
ISBN: 0300055552 9780300055559
OCLC Number: 28632475
Description: viii, 260 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm.
Contents: Map of Paris --
1. The Nabis, the Decorative Aesthetic, and the Circle of La Revue Blanche --
2. Women at Work and at Play: The Commission for M and Mme Desmarais, 1892-1893 --
3. Women, Children, and Public Gardens: The Commissions for Thadee and Alexandre Natanson, 1893-1894 --
4. Feminine Elegance and Flowers: The Decorative Projects for the Thadee Natansons and Dr. Vaquez, 1895- 1896 --
5. Portraiture as Decoration: The Commissions for Jean Schopfer, 1898 and 1901 --
6. Landscape as Decoration - Transformations of Place: The Commissions for Adam Natanson and Jack Aghion, 1899 --
7. Of Lilies, Haystacks, and Garden Paths: The Commission for the Bibesco Princes, 1899-1900 and 1907-1908 --
8. Of Avenues, Streets, and Squares: The Commission for Henry Bernstein, 1908-1910 --
9. An American Princess and the "Feerie bourgeoise": The Commission for Mlle Chapin, 1910-1911 --
10. Painting as Decoration and Decoration as Painting: Vuillard's Theatrical Projects, 1912-1913.
Responsibility: Gloria Groom.
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Edouard Vuillard, one of the great post-impressionists, is especially loved for his small easel paintings that capture the charm and mystery of everyday life. Yet at the same time that he was making his name as an "intimist" artist, he was also creating a number of large-scale canvases, panels, and screens commissioned to decorate the homes of his patrons and friends. Infrequently exhibited, these works were separated from their original settings during Vuillard's lifetime, and they have remained a relatively unknown aspect of his oeuvre. In this lavishly illustrated study of Vuillard as decorator, Gloria Groom examines the two earliest decades of his career, a period when he produced fifty daring and important large-scale paintings as decoration. Groom discusses these early works and recreates and re-evaluates their original context, providing valuable new information about Vuillard's career, a fresh perspective on his thinking about art, and an entertaining social history of fin-de-siecle Paris. She describes not only Vuillard's large decorative projects but also the industrialists, bankers, doctors, financiers, journalists, playwrights, and foreign aristocrats who commissioned them, wealthy individuals who came from a social and economic milieu decidedly different from Vuillard's own. Drawing on his patrons' archives and memoirs, and on interviews with their surviving family members, as well as on Vuillard's own private journals, Groom evokes the circumstances and setting of each of these ambitious projects. She situates Vuillard's decorative works within the evolution of his other easel paintings, discusses the notion of "decoration" as a new painting style as well as a complement to the aesthetics of the art nouveau movement, and compares Vuillard's works as a painter-decorator to similar projects undertaken by his contemporaries.

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