Currently on View in H206
Vuillard was an intensely private person who preferred to paint small interior scenes peopled by his family and friends. In this image, scraps of ribbon and lace, chintz draperies and the wallpaper of his mother's dressmaking shop interlock to form decorative patterns. They create a subtle interplay of greys, browns and red, interrupted by the clamorous pink windowpanes.
Vuillard was a member of the Nabis, the progressive artists who took their name from the Hebrew word for prophet and emphasized the decorative use of color and shape. The woman at her worktable suits their taste for poetic images of silent, meditative activity.
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