29 May 2019

madame vuillard arranging her hair 1900

‘The snapshot effect here suggests that Vuillard based this painting on one of the numerous family photographs that he took with his Kodak camera.  The artist’s mother ran a dressmaking business from their home and Vuillard’s style was influenced by the textiles that surrounded him… Early fans of the painter intuitively understood this relationship between his art and textiles: “He seems to embroider his canvases with glorious, old-fashioned wools,” wrote one Belgian critic, in a review of an exhibition held in Brussels in 1901, referring to Madame Vuillard Arranging Her Hair (1900)’ (Alastair Sooke in the Telegraph here.)