barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Edouard Vuillard (1868 – 1940)

Madame Vuillard Arranging Her Hair

Paris, 1900

Oil on cardboard

49.5 x 35.5 cm

 

We witness a private domestic scene: the artist’s mother is posed in front of a mirror in the Parisian apartment where they lived.

The snapshot effect here suggests that Vuillard based this painting on one of the numerous family photographs that he took.  The artist’s mother ran a dressmaking business from their home and Vuillard’s style was influenced by the textiles that surrounded him.  Here he combines the patterns of his mother’s dress, the carpet, bed cover and wallpaper to create a richly varied decorative surface.

 

Purchased 1963 (No.63.3)