Edouard Vuillard by Stuart Preston

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Tuals, there that Vuillard and Antoine. A And was It met her two sons, Emmanuel met Marcel Proust. there he also souvenir of their friendship, apparently One evening now lost, summer of 1902, when Antoine and his friends were dining at Armenonville in the Bois de Boulogne, Vuillard made a once existed. sketch of the party between 6o. CARD PARTY AT VAUCRESSON. paper, 39^ x kindled 1920-22. his — "a unique admirable my memory, Oil on and perfect hours of 30". Private collection, Paris in the point of intersection which has so often talent, and one of the most delightful my Proust wrote in a life," as request to buy the sketch.

This sparkling panel that once belonged to Thadee Natanson it in a characteristically discerning a light-coloured The apron and vista, slightly manner: a striped jacket, in "We buildideally Roger-Marx de- exemplifies VuiUard's interpretation of that belief. Claude scribes human see a servant in charge of a group of children. broadening downwards, allows us to see the other people ranged in depth in the background. The cream-coloured patina of the houses, with their vertical rows of balconies and shutters, through breaks in the foliage.

In short, trivial accessories threaten to overwhelm them. Furthermore, he lacked the analytical and powers of a sitters satirical Jacques-Emile Blanche, a lesser but better portraitist. He stopped artist short of seeing through conventional appearance. Hence the blandness of these expert performances where imagination fails to take high flights. traits, the results of prolonged observation, are rooted in veracity. Each is unique in representation, not in any way dependent on a formula. their relentless objectivity 42 Nonetheless, these por- is What we miss in the painter's personality.

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