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Under the Trees (from "The Public Gardens")

Under the Trees (from "The Public Gardens")


Edouard Vuillard

(French, 1868–1940)

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

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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 showing children playing in two of Paris’s most spacious parks: the Tuileries Gardens and the Bois de Boulogne. It depicts 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. Rather than a naturalist rendering of the subject, Vuillard combined rich colors with large, reductive forms arranged in decorative patterns that flow across the picture surface.

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