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

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

by Gloria Groom
     
 
Edouard Vuillard, one of the great post-impressionists, is especially loved for his small easel paintings, but the fabulous large-scale decorative schemes that he created for wealthy Parisian homes are a relatively unknown aspect of his oeuvre. In this lavishly illustrated study, Gloria Groom examines fifty of these daring and important paintings and recreates and

Overview

Edouard Vuillard, one of the great post-impressionists, is especially loved for his small easel paintings, but the fabulous large-scale decorative schemes that he created for wealthy Parisian homes are a relatively unknown aspect of his oeuvre. In this lavishly illustrated study, Gloria Groom examines fifty of these daring and important paintings and recreates and reevaluates their original settings. She provides valuable new information about Vuillard's career, a fresh perspective on his thinking about art, a discussion of "decoration" as a new painting style, and an entertaining social history of fin-de-siecle Paris.

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Library Journal
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.
Booknews
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)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300055559
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
01/28/1994
Pages:
270
Product dimensions:
9.50(w) x 11.00(h) x (d)

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