Our Art / Edouard Vuillard
Throughout his prolific career, Vuillard (1868–1940) painted intimate portraits and scenes presenting French society of his time. While studying art, he joined Les Nabis, a rebellious group of young students who aimed to revitalize painting. They took on this name meaning “prophets” of modern art, viewing themselves as who could see beyond the visible and reveal paths to understanding truth.
His style is distinct with a soft, blurred hand layering on thick layers of paint in muted colors. He often looked to the domestic setting, painting the environments of persons close to him. Vuillard once said, "I don't do portraits, I paint people in their surroundings." He painted these domestic interiors to express the inner life of his sitters, often painting elaborate patterns and textures to express a person’s psychological state.