European Art: 19th Century

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The Dressmakers Under the Lamp, c. 1891-1892

Édouard Vuillard

French, 1868-1940
Oil on cardboard
9-5/8 x 10-1/2 in. (24.4 x 26.7 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
M.1979.41.2.P
© Norton Simon Art Foundation

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Vuillard and Bonnard found their subjects within the confines of the home. Because of this predilection for the private and personal, they were dubbed "intimists." Vuillard loved to paint the long-observed scenes of household occupations that were a part of his everyday life with his mother and sister, as in "Dressmakers Under a Lamp." The warm colors are packed into tight, flat patterns, and every form reveals itself solely through color.

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