Oil on board
33 x 50.8 cm (13 x 20 in.)
Promised Gift of Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley 13.2020
Edward Vuillard’s Woman Sweeping at 346 Rue Saint-Honoré offers an intimate view of domestic life in a highly personal, modernist style. A leading member of the Nabis, Vuillard is perhaps best known for his depictions of interiors, including his home on the Rue Saint-Honoré, where he lived with his mother and sister, and closely observed their work as makers of dresses and corsets. This view of a woman sweeping combines radically simplified forms, flattened spaces, and rich patterns of decorative shapes and colors to evoke a mood or feeling of quiet contemplation and domesticity. Vuillard’s emphasis on decorative form and color greatly influenced Henri Matisse and the French Fauves.
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