Portrait of Thadée Natanson
This painting portrays Thadée Natanson, Vuillard’s first and most important patron and the publisher of La Revue Blanche, the most noted avant-garde French periodical in the 1890s. The work typifies the artist’s oeuvre of this period in its concentration on a single meditative figure in the familiar setting of the home interior. Though Vuillard produces a clearly recognizable portrait, he focuses primarily on the mood and personality of the sitter. With eyes downcast, Natanson projects the inner contemplation at the heart of French Symbolism.
- Artist: Édouard Vuillard, French, 1868-1940
- Medium: Oil on cardboard mounted on panel
- Place Made: France
- Dates: 1897
- Dimensions: 20 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (52.4 x 39.4 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed upper right: "E. Vuillard"
- Collections:European Art
- Museum Location: This item is not on view
- Accession Number: 2005.23
- Credit Line: Gift of William Kelly Simpson in honor of Nathan Todd Porter, Jr.
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940). Portrait of Thadée Natanson, 1897. Oil on cardboard mounted on panel, 20 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (52.4 x 39.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of William Kelly Simpson in honor of Nathan Todd Porter, Jr., 2005.23
- Record Completeness: Best (88%)