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Sheet: 59 x 44.4 cm (23 1/4 x 17 1/2 in.)
Gift of the Hanna Fund 1951.65.1
Catalogue raisonné: Roger-Marx 31
In 1893, Vuillard helped found Théâtre de l’Oeuvre, a Symbolist theatre helmed by French actor and producer Aurélien Lugné-Poë.
As in Vuillard’s other work, family, friends, and homelife inspire his emotionally resonant prints. The artist weaves his figures into each setting, establishing an intimate relationship between sitters and locale while expressing a range of feelings, from calm to melancholy to nostalgia. Here, two women relax in a snug interior: one, dressed in white and accompanied by a small dog, reads a green-covered book at the left, while another (almost camouflaged in her surroundings) studies a fine print at the lower right. The barely distinguishable text across the surface of this lithograph reads Douze lithographies en couleurs // Edouard Vuillard // editíés par Vollard // 6 rue Lafitte (Twelve color lithographs // Edouard Vuillard // published by [Amboise] Vollard // 6 rue Lafitte).
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