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Edouard Vuillard
Lucy Hessel Reading (Lucy Hessel lisant)
Oil on canvas

39 7/16 x 32 5/8 inches
The Jewish Museum, New York. Purchase: Lore Ross Bequest, 2010-23

Jewish Museum

Excerpt from The Jewish Museum, New York:

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 (French, 1868-1940)
The Jewish Museum, New York
May 4 - September 23, 2012

[About the sitter: Lucy Hessel]

In the early years of the twentieth century, Vuillard began to exhibit at the prestigious Bernheim-Jeune gallery. Bernheim-Jeune was a center of the modern movement in painting and represented such leading artists as Bonnard, Matisse, and Renoir. Vuillard’s art continued to focus on interiors with figures, in which his artistic friends and circle of patrons are set within their domestic environment. He famously remarked, “I don’t do portraits. I paint people in their surroundings.”

Supporter, confidante, and lover, Lucy Hessel became the artist’s most frequent model—appearing in many of the artistʹs paintings, works on paper, and photographs over a period of forty years.

Continued, The Jewish Museum, New York


Édouard Vuillard, French, (1868-1940)
b. 1868, Cuiseaux, France
d. 1940

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