Jewish Museum: Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 1890-1940 included more than 50 paintings as well as a selection of prints, photographs, and documents exploring the crucial role played by the patrons, dealers, and muses who comprised Vuillard’s circle. Vuillard’s best-known works were paintings of friends and families in private interiors. Because the domestic interior was such an important frame for much of his work and because a continual tension between tradition and modernism were the hallmarks of his life's work, this exhibition was developed as a series of abstracted classical “rooms” or salons evocative of the private residential interiors of his paintings and the scale and character of the galerie Bernheim-Jeune, that exhibited his work until the German occupation of France in 1940. The exhibition examined the prominence of key players in the cultural milieu of fashionable modern fin-de-siècle Paris and their influence on Vuillard’s professional and private life. The exhibition offered a fresh view of the artist's work, from the vanguard 1890s to the urbane domesticity of the late portraits in an exhibition context reminiscent of their original mise-en-scène.