Distemper on fabric
Framed: 229.9 x 113 x 11.4 cm (90 1/2 x 44 1/2 x 4 1/2 in.); Unframed: 214.2 x 96.3 cm (84 5/16 x 37 15/16 in.)
Gift of the Hanna Fund 1953.212
Vuillard's social circle included actors and directors. He often contributed to their theatrical pursuits by designing costumes, programs, and set pieces. In this panel from a nine-part series, a patterned landscape recalls scenery for the stage. Imagine seeing the panels reunited in their original location: the luxurious dining room of a Parisian mansion.
This painting is from a nine-panel decorative suite depicting children playing in two of Paris’s most spacious parks: the Tuileries Gardens and the Bois de Boulogne. Under the Trees portrays a game of hide-and-seek in which a girl conceals herself behind a tree. The stillness of the women resting on green chairs at the right is countered by children running at the left. The dense canopy of trees, composed of dots, dashes, and daubs of paint, recalls Vuillard’s rendering of wallpaper in his paintings of interiors on view in the first two galleries of this exhibition.
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