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This shows a view of L'Etang-la-Ville, about eighteen miles west of Paris. In all probability the view is from the balcony of the painter K-X Roussel's villa with the shadow of the house in the foreground. Roussel married Vuillard's sister and settled in L'Etang-la-Ville the year before this was painted. Vuillard also painted two further oils from the same spot, depicting slightly different details of the landscape in front of the house.

September 2004