Tuesday, June 16, 2020

Art Review - "The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" - Edouard Vuillard, Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

For last week's #MuseumTourTuesday, I shared a piece created by Edouard Vuillard when he was in his 30s. Today I'd like to share another of his works at the Musée d'Orsay, painted some 30 years later.

"The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" • Edouard Vuillard • 1928-1932 
• Oil on Canvas • 116 x 89.5 cm
The differences between this piece and Vuillard's earlier works is striking enough that I failed to recognize it as one of his paintings until I read the accompanying plaque.

While the artist still retains some of his signature use of patterns in the wallpaper and the bedspread, they are less graphically employed. The entire painting has a much more traditional sense of depth and perspective when compared to his previous compositions.


"The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1928-1932 
• Oil on Canvas • 116 x 89.5 cm
The pattern on the bedspread is secondary to the rendering of light and shadow, losing the flat graphic look that Vuillard would have employed in the past. Of particular interest is the way the artist captures the shine of the fabric, giving it a satin like feel.

The figure is also far more rendered and lacks the Japanese print inspired look of his previous works.


"The countess Marie-Blanche de Polignac" Detail • Edouard Vuillard • 1928-1932 
• Oil on Canvas • 116 x 89.5 cm
Vuillard even goes on to capture minute details in the adjoining room. The connection to his early work comes from the fact that all of these details combined are reminiscent of the busy patterns in his earlier work.

It amazes me to see the evolution of his paintings over the course of 30 years, and yet the voice of the younger painter remains in this work that is just as beautiful.



Painting photos by Saunders Fine Arts.

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