barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Vuillard and Madame Vuillard

Édouard Vuillard painted his mother more than 500 times throughout his career. Striving to establish himself among the French avant-garde, Vuillard lived and worked in modest apartments shared with his mother and other members of their family in Paris. He lovingly portrayed Madame Vuillard as carer, housewife and businesswoman, running a dress-making business from her dining room. Small wonder Vuillard is quoted as having said: ‘Ma Maman, c’est ma muse’. Marking the 150th anniversary of the artist’s birth in 1868, this exhibition – the first ever to explore this subject – centres on the first decade of Vuillard’s career, when his small-scale, highly appealing work, with its domestic subject matter, prompted one critic to dub him an ‘intimist’. It features immensely attractive paintings, pastels, prints and photographs lent by collections in Britain and Europe, including the National Galleries of Scotland, Tate, the British Museum, Archives Vuillard, Musée d’Orsay and Musée National Picasso, Paris.

Header Image: Édouard Vuillard, ‘Deux ouvrières dans l’atelier de couture [Two Seamstresses in the Workroom]’, 1893 © National Galleries of Scotland

John Brett (1831-1902)

Study of Warwick Castle (‘The White Waterlily’)

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

The Grand Piazza, Plate IV from 'The Prisons (Carceri)'

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Giovanni Migliara (1785-1837)

An Architectural Capriccio

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Hubert Robert (1733-1808)

Study of a Tree with a Figure

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