Edouard Vuillard


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Quote, price and estimation by artist Édouard Vuillard

Price of a painting: 5,000 – 13,200,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 200 – 200,000

Estimation of a print: 60 -22,700 €.

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Diverse inspirations

Edouard Vuillard was a French artist born in 1868. Until 1890, the painter’s work was marked by a certain realism and sobriety that suddenly gave way to unreal representations, inspired by the Pont-Aven school and the “synthetism” they applied to colour. For a short period, he was also inspired by the definition of what a painting should be according to Maurice Denis, i.e. a “flat surface, covered with colours in a certain assembled order”. In his work we also feel a certain link with the expressionism of Toulouse Lautrec and neo-impressionist pointillism. These same avant-garde influences can be found in the Nabis group, of which Vuillard was a member. The subjects he painted, sometimes inspired by those of Lautrec, mainly include scenes from Vuillard’s daily life (Misia at the piano).

Nabis influence and a unique style

After this period of research, Vuillard opted for a certain harmonisation of his canvases, in relation to the strangeness that may have appeared during his experiments. The Nabis influences create a warm, almost cottony atmosphere.

In the very many small format pieces he created before 1900, the multitude of harmoniously composed details are dependent on the creation of flat decorations by the Nabis, such as those made for Claude Anet in 1898, thus showing the alchemy between the group’s taste for simplicity and Vuillard’s abundant sense of detail.

The evolution of the style of the latter is also marked by engraving, in European and Japanese style.

Vuillard “A painter of reality”

With his wealth of experience, particularly within the Nabi group, Vuillard devoted himself to his reputation as a “painter of reality” in a context where fellow members and friends of the Revue Blanche dispersed at the same time as he gained access to a materialistic and rich milieu thanks to an art dealer’s wife, Mme Hessel, whom he met in 1900. He sometimes evoked Impressionism (Femme en bleu à son secrétaire), whose codes he mastered perfectly from 1900. His realistic approaches outweighed the decorative ones.

In the 1910s, the painter tried to stylise his impressionist work a little more, but sometimes found himself caught between his desire for large formats and the finesse of the details he wanted to represent.

His work did not contribute to introducing new forms, but respected tradition and went against the tide of the era of pictorial revolutions, which he got involved in.

Recognising E Vuillard’s signature

Like many artists, Édouard Vuillard did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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