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The Pitch Pine Room (formerly Denise Natanson and Marcelle Aron in the Summer House at Villerville, Normandy, Summer 1910

Édouard Vuillard

French, 1868-1940
Oil on canvas
18-1/4 x 25-3/8 in. (46.4 x 64.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© The Norton Simon Foundation

On view

Édouard Vuillard often captured the intimate spaces of his close circle of friends. Unmarried and without children, he was particularly drawn toward the multigenerational relationships among and between these upper-bourgeois families. This rather extravagant pine-paneled room of a Norman country house was rented by Vuillard’s friends, the Hessels, in the summer of 1910. The little girl in red is Denise Natanson, whose grandfather Adam commissioned from Vuillard the large painting First Fruits. Her companion is Marcelle Aron, a cousin of the hostess, Lucie Hessel.

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