Edouard Vuillard

Old Woman near a Mantelpiece

Old Woman near a Mantelpiece
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Author: Edouard Vuillard
Interiors, Painting, Oil on cardboard, 29.5x23.5 cm
Origin: France, Circa 1895

In his works of the early 1890s, Vuillard frequently painted his mother at home. It should be noted that all his interiors may be called variations on the same theme. In this connection, it also should be recalled that Vuillard loved theatre, as did the other Nabi artists. He was histrionic in a more general sense, adopting a special attitude toward life and treating objects as theatrical props. In this picture, a small painting on the wall to the left is a portrait of the artist placed near the mirror - Vuillard was using a mirror to paint self-portraits. Moreover, for him a mirror was a fascinating object in itself, almost magical, capable not only of reflecting but also of creating an image. Here the mirror takes part in a cleverly staged scene: the son is looking at his mother, while the mother is looking in the mirror, and the viewer can see her face in the reflection.

Style: Post-Impressionism
Source of entry: formerly in the collection of Otto Krebs, Holzdorf
Exibition: French Painting: 19th - 20th centuries
Transferred from Germany after World War II

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