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woman dressed in black, wearing a black hat

 

Edouard Vuillard
France, 1868-1940
Woman in a Green Hat, c. 1890
Oil on canvas
8 x 6 3/8 in.
The Aaron M. and Clara Weitzenhoffer Collection, 2000

As with this painting and Femme en bleu, Vuillard's brightly colored, experimental works of the early 1890s, which reduce their subjects to their essences and emphasize flatness, were usually painted on board. This provides an especially absorbent support for the oil paint, and the areas of the board left unpainted play a major role in the pictorial structure of the works.

 

Vuillard's figure paintings were mostly of women and children, even though he remained a life-long bachelor.