Édouard Vuillard Embroidery 1895-96

  • MoMA, Floor 5, 501 The Alfred H. Barr, Jr. Galleries

This work depicts three female figures—two of whom are barely discernible—quietly concentrating on their handiwork amid a profusion of fabrics and yarns. The diffused surface of the painting merges every detail of this muffled setting, creating a tapestry-like effect. Vuillard’s nuanced manipulation of color and texture was internalized from observation of his mother and sister, who ran a small dressmaking business out of the family apartment.

Gallery label from October 21, 2019–Spring 2020
Oil on canvas
69 7/8 x 25 7/8" (177.7 x 65.6 cm)
Estate of John Hay Whitney
Object number
© 2024 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Painting and Sculpture

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Thadée Natanson, Paris. Until 1908
Sale, Collection Thadée Natanson, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, June 13, 1908
Bernheim-Jeune, Paris. Purchased from Natanson sale, June 1908
Jacques-Emile Blanche (1861-1942), Paris
Paris art market
John Hay Whitney, New York. By 1961 - 1983
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Estate of John Hay Whitney, 1983

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