Knitting Woman in Pink Dress

Édouard Vuillardcirca 1900 - 1905

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen

Vuillard specialized in everyday domestic scenes. In this painting of a woman knitting (probably his mother) few details are visible and there is no illusion of depth. However, this is not a flat composition. The atmospheric treatment in soft tones is so quiet that it has almost become a kind of still life.

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  • Title: Knitting Woman in Pink Dress
  • Date Created: circa 1900 - 1905
  • Physical Dimensions: w160 x h255 cm (Without frame)
  • Painter: Édouard Vuillard
  • Original Title: Femme en rose tricotant
  • More Info: Link - Wikipedia on Les Nabis - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/, Link - Read more about Impressionism - Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen - http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • Artist Information: Eduard Vuillard attended lessons from 1886 at the Académie Julian. A year later he was admitted to the more prestigious Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. During his training he came into contact with Paul Sérusier, who founded the painter group Nabis (literally 'the prophets') in 1888. Denis, Roussel and Pierre Bonnard also joined the group. Bonnard and Vuillard concentrated on lithography, but achieved little commercial success with this. The art dealer Ambroise Vollard commissioned each of the artists Vuillard, Denis, Roussel and Bonnard to produce an album with lithographs. These albums are considered as highlights in the history of graphic design. Like in his other work, Vuillard took his everyday, domestic surroundings as a source of inspiration.
  • Additional Artwork Information: In the last decade of the nineteenth century, a group of French painters turned their backs on Impressionism. Inspired by Paul Gauguin, they adopted a decorative style, using planes of colour and bold outlines. They called themselves Les Nabis, the Hebrew word for ‘prophets’). Their members included Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Édouard Vuillard and Ker-Xavier Roussel, all of whom produced outstanding graphic work. The group played an important role in reviving the art of printmaking in France at the end of the nineteenth century. Colour lithography, in particular, flourished. Some of the credit for this must be given to the art dealer Ambroise Vollard, who published several portfolios of prints. One of the most influential was Vuillard’s Paysages et intérieurs, a series of twelve landscapes and interiors, to which this sheet belongs. L’Avenue, with its beautiful play of light and shade on the pavement, was printed in five colours: yellow, blue, pale grey, dark grey and pink. The museum possesses another impression of the same print from an earlier stage, before the blue was added.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Bequest of Vitale Bloch 1976, http://collectie.boijmans.nl/en/disclaimer/
  • External Link: Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen
  • Medium: Oil on cardboard