Edouard Vuillard

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The 19th-century French painter Vuillard, who was friends with Bonnard and a key figure in the Nabi movement, receives extraordinary homage in this lavish catalogue. Guy Cogeval, the director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, and three curators at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, the MusÉe d'Orsay in Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts in London (the exhibition will appear at all four museums) have authored the substantial catalogue entries as well as essays on the painter's life and career. Like the exhibition, the catalogue provides exhaustive coverage of Vuillard's oeuvre, featuring paintings, prints, and many photographs he took of his friends, family, colleagues, and models. The catalogue is copublished with Yale U. Press (their ISBN is 0-300- 09737-9). Annotation (c) Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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A quiet man who lived with his beloved mother, the painter Édouard Vuillard applied his inventive talents to re-imagining bourgeois interiors as shifting planes of color and pattern. Admirers of his sensuous interior world will be bowled over by this sumptuous volume with its vivid narrative and 463 exquisite color reproductions. In Édouard Vuillard, Guy Cogeval discusses the artist's life and work with a passionate involvement that is rare in contemporary art writing. He describes how Vuillard's early work as a set designer apparently led him to stage manage family members, placing them in tense or confrontational tableaux that he memorialized in paint. Vuillard was an enthusiastic amateur photographer who favored the new handheld Kodak camera. An entire chapter is dedicated to the artist's charmingly artless snapshots of family and friends. In his later years, Vuillard utilized a more down-to-earth painting style in portraits of the rich and famous. While these paintings are often dismissed as conservative, Cogeval points out Vuillard's use of subtle details to comment on some of his sitters. Four other essayists treat themes ranging from "Vuillard and Ambiguity" to the effect of his annual summer vacations on his treatment of landscape, light and composition. This exceptional book accompanies an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, in Washington, D.C., from Jan. 19 to April 20, 2004, which travels to Montreal, Paris, and London. --Cathy Curtis

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Published in association with the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., and the Museum of Fine Arts, Montreal

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