Thursday, 10 November 2016

FAMOUS ARTISTS BIRTHDAY - Edouard Vuillard, Post Impressionist

EDOUARD VUILLARD was born 11 November 1868 at Cuiseaux, Saone-et-Loire, France. In 1888 he attended the the Academie Julian where he socialized with many avant gard artists of the day including Pierre Bonnard who became a life long friend. He also became a member of the Nabi (click the link for a fascinating description of the ideals of the group).

Like many artists, he was proficient in many mediums and in 1899 produced a successful series of color lithographs called "Paysages et Interieurs".

Vuillard was a master of color with a fondness for yellow. Here you can see one of my favorite color combinations utilizing the complimentary pairing of deep yellow and violet. This painting also shows his quirky sense of composition, using a mirror to put the viewer into the position of a secret voyeur. Who can resist looking past the mantle to see what is happening in the room beyond.

Vuillard had a fairly long life and produced work well into his late 60's. The painting above was created when he was 67. He died on the summer solstice, 21 June 1940 at La Baule, France.

See original image and many more of his works here