Edouard Vuillard: Painter-Decorator: Patrons and Projects, 1892-1912

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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 ...
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1994 Hard cover First edition. New in new dust jacket. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 270 p. Audience: General/trade. BEAUTIFUL HARDCOVER IN FLAWLESS DUST JACKET, WHICH IS ... PROTECTED IN A FREE ARCHIVAL SLEEVE. VERY HIGH QUALITY COLOR PLATES & B/W ILLUS. AN EXQUISITE MONOGRAPH ON THE "APPLIED ART' OF VUILLARD IN PRIVATE RESIDENCES AND FOR THE STAGE. Read more Show Less

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Overview

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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Based on the author's dissertation of the same title (Univ. of Texas at Austin, 1989), this splendid volume deserves the attention of art students and scholars alike. Groom's depth of understanding and appreciation of Vuillard's unique contribution to the decorative arts of the late 19th and early 20th centuries is clearly evident in the authoritative, well-documented text, which thoroughly analyzes Vuillard's major interior commissions from 1892 through 1913. The more than 300 high-quality illustrations elucidate Groom's analyses. Because so few of the artist's works remain in situ, reproduced photographs showing the original installations of some works are of particular interest. Extensive scholarly notes and a selective (but thorough) bibliography conclude the work. Highly recommended for all art collections.-- P. Steven Thomas, Sangamon State Univ., Springfield, Ill.
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Famed post-impressionist Vuillard (1868-1940), best known for his small easel paintings that capture the charm and mystery of everyday life, also created a number of large-scale canvases, panels, and screens commissioned to decorate the homes of his patrons and friends. In this lavishly illustrated study, Groom (Dept. of European Painting, Art Institute of Chicago) examines the two earliest decades of Vuillard's career, a period when he produced 50 important large-scale paintings as decoration. Groom discusses these early works and recreates and re-evaluates their original context. 10x11.5" Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780300055559
  • Publisher: Yale University Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Pages: 270
  • Product dimensions: 10.07 (w) x 11.93 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Map of Paris
Introduction 1
1 The Nabis, the Decorative Aesthetic, and the Circle of La Revue Blanche 5
2 Women at Work and at Play: The Commission for M and Mme Desmarais, 1892-1893 19
3 Women, Children, and Public Gardens: The Commissions for Thadee and Alexandre Natanson, 1893-1894 43
4 Feminine Elegance and Flowers: The Decorative Projects for the Thadee Natansons and Dr. Vaquez, 1895- 1896 67
5 Portraiture as Decoration: The Commissions for Jean Schopfer, 1898 and 1901 99
6 Landscape as Decoration - Transformations of Place: The Commissions for Adam Natanson and Jack Aghion, 1899 121
7 Of Lilies, Haystacks, and Garden Paths: The Commission for the Bibesco Princes, 1899-1900 and 1907-1908 145
8 Of Avenues, Streets, and Squares: The Commission for Henry Bernstein, 1908-1910 165
9 An American Princess and the "Feerie bourgeoise": The Commission for Mlle Chapin, 1910-1911 179
10 Painting as Decoration and Decoration as Painting: Vuillard's Theatrical Projects, 1912-1913 201
Notes 209
Selected Bibliography 247
Index 253
Photographic Credits 260
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