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Portrait of Thadée Natanson

Édouard Vuillard

European Art

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.
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) frame: 28 13/16 x 24 x 2 1/2 in. (73.2 x 61 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed upper right: "E. Vuillard"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CREDIT LINE Gift of William Kelly Simpson in honor of Nathan Todd Porter, Jr.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
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    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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2005.23_PS6.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 2005.23_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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