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Title

Madame Prosper Emile Weil at her desk

circa 1923


Artist

Edouard Vuillard

France

11 Nov 1868 - 21 Jun 1940


About

Between 1920 and 1940, Vuillard painted over 40 portraits for which he did numerous sketches and studies. While many of these were of artists, writers, actresses and other eminent personalities of the period, others were commissioned portraits of the Parisian bourgeoisie. While the finished works of this period were often criticised for their detached pandering to the tastes of his subjects, the drawings and studies retained the artist's characteristic freedom of composition. Vuillard often stated "I don't paint portraits. I paint people in their homes."

'Madam Prosper Emile Weil at her desk' c.1923 is a very characteristic depiction of a woman as if spied on in the privacy of her study with its casual 'chopping' of furniture around the edges of the picture plain reminding us of the fact that Vuillard was also a keen amateur photographer.


Details


Alternative title

Madame Prosper Emile Weil à son bureau


Date

circa 1923


Media category

Pastel


Materials used

pastel and distemper on paper mounted on board


Dimensions

59.5 x 52.5 cm board; 82.5 x 75.5 x 8.0 cm frame


Signature & date

Signed l.r.corner, pastel "E Vuillard". Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Margaret Olley 1999


Location

Not on display


Accession number

194.1999


Artist information

Edouard Vuillard

Works in the collection

6


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries, Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from public and private collections, Sydney, 2000. Catalogue entry appears in inserted list to printed catalogue