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women sitting down, wearing blue, leaning against a red blanket, holding a white bowl, neutral background

 

Edouard Vuillard
France, 1868-1940
Femme en bleu (Marie Holding a Bowl), 1891
Oil on canvas
9 x 6 1/4 in.
The Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Collection, 2000

In 1890, Vuillard's fellow Nabi artist Maurice Denis wrote that "a picture–before being a war-horse, a nude woman, or some sort of anecdote–is essentially a surface covered with colors arranged in a certain order." Femme en bleu, as it hovers between abstraction and figuration, calls attention to these conditions of picture-making.

 

Vuillard was a poet of the commonplace, transforming interiors into realms of mystery.