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An image of Madame Prosper Emile Weil at her desk by Edouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard

(France 11 Nov 1868 – 21 Jun 1940)

Madame Prosper Emile Weil at her desk
Alternative title:
Madame Prosper Emile Weil à son bureau
circa 1923
Media category
Materials used
pastel and distemper on paper mounted on board

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.
Gift of Margaret Olley 1999
Accession number
© Edouard Vuillard, c1923/ADAGP. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (1)

Favourites: Margaret Olley and Barry Humphries choose from Australian collections (2000), S.H. Ervin Gallery, Sydney, 15 Jan 2000–27 Feb 2000