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Edouard VUILLARD (1868-1940). "La cusinière"....

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Edouard VUILLARD (1868-1940). "La cusinière". Plates from the series of twelve "Landscapes and Interiors" 1899. Color lithograph on thin vellum, a fine proof from an edition at 100 copies. Edges stretched to glass. Frames. C. Roger-Marx 42. Dimensions : 33,5 x 26cm. Provenance: Estate of Monsieur Louis Thirion, furniture in the mansion built in 1923 by Gibert et Ogé, which has remained in the family ever since. Expert : Madame Sylvie COLLIGNON Vuillard was born in Cuiseaux, Sâone-et-Loire, the son of a retired army officer. The family moved to Paris in 1877, and Vuillard became a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1886, then at the Académie Julian. There, he met Bonnard and other painters with whom he founded the Nabis in 1889 (a name derived from the Hebrew word for prophet). The group, influenced by Gauguin and Degas , concentrated on motifs and distortion to emphasize psychological meanings beyond the appearances of ordinary domestic subjects, although Bonnard and Vuillard returned to a more naturalistic style by the end of the century. In addition to his smaller paintings, Vuillard executed large-scale decorative projects from 1892 to 1937, notably stage sets. He was elected to the Institut in 1938.