About the artist

Édouard Vuillard (1868 - 1940) was born in Cuiseaux (France) and the son of a retired army officer. In 1877 the family settled in Paris and Vuillard enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts in 1886. Later on, he moved to the Académie Julian, where he met Bonnard and other painters with whom he founded the Nabis (Hebrew for “Prophets”) in 1889. Inspired by the artists Gaugin and Degas, the group concentrated on pattern and distortion, emphasizing psychological meanings beyond appearances in ordinary domestic subjects. Bonnard and Vuillard returned, nevertheless, to a more naturalistic by the end of the century. Between 1892 and 1937 Vuillard executed large decorative schemes, such as stage scenery. He was elected to the Institut de France in 1938.