Oil on board
33 x 50.8 cm (13 x 20 in.)
Promised Gift of Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley 13.2020
Private Lives: Home and Family in the Art of the Nabis, Paris, 1889–1900
Vuillard was strongly influenced by Japanese prints shown at the Siegfried Bing's gallery in Paris.
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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