Edouard Vuillard was a French printmaker and painter who contributed to the influential group, Les Nabis. Like his contemporaries, Vuillard exhibited at the Salons des Indépendants and submitted his graphic art to the intellectual magazine, La Revue Blanche.
Vuillard created a large portfolio of lithographs including: Paysages et Interieurs (Landscapes and Interiors). The series showed figures in both outdoor and indoor settings. Environment was important to Vuillard who also worked to create theater sets.
L’Atre. 1899. Color lithograph.
The Tuileries Garden. 1896. Color lithograph
Later in Vuillard’s career he received numerous commissions to paint decorative murals and portraits. His work serves to show French society in domestic spaces during the 1890s and early 1900s. Vuillard met many of his peers while studying at the Académie Julian in Paris. Bonnard later shared a studio with friend and fellow Nabi, Pierre Bonnard. Like Bonnard, Vuillard’s style was influenced by Japanese woodblock prints created by the ukiyo-e printmakers.
Cover for album “Paysages et interieurs” 1899. National Gallery of Art DC
Lisez la revue blanche. 1894. Lithograph. National Gallery of Art, DC
La partie des dames. From the series “Paysages et interieurs.” 1899
Vuillard’s lithographs serve to document Parisian society during the late 19th century, early 20th century. His prints are now in major museums and private collections around the world.
Portrait by Felix Vallotton