Distemper on paper, laid down on canvas
Sheet: 59 x 44 cm (23 1/4 x 17 5/16 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.143
Catalogue raisonné: Salomon and Cogeval VIII-345
Vuillard created this drawing using distemper, a technique that involves mixing pigment and glue, which he favored at this time for the planes of matte color that resulted.
Édouard Vuillard spent the summer of 1909 in the French coastal town of Saint-Jacut de la Mer, known for its beaches and bathing. Sharing housing with a group of artist friends, Vuillard sketched and painted avidly, depicting the seascape in several works including this drawing. Here, the artist emphasized the remoteness of the beach, depicting a woman sitting alone, wearing a gray dress that matches the tone of the infinitely expanding sky beyond her.
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