Edouard Vuillard 1868-1940
T01075 Intérieur ensoleillé
(Sunlit Interior) c.1921
Inscribed 'E. Vuillard' b.r.
Distemper on paper mounted on canvas, 32 3/4 x 25 (83 x 64)
Bequeathed by the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie through the Friends of the Tate Gallery 1968
Prov: Purchased jointly by Bernheim-Jeune, Paris, and Jos. Hessel, Paris, from the artist 24 March 1922; Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, London, 1929; through Arthur Tooth and Sons, London; the Hon. Mrs A.E. Pleydell-Bouverie, London, 1960
Exh: Private Views, Tate Gallery, April-May 1963 (157) as 'Intérieur avec la Mère de Vuillard' and dated c.1898
Lit: The Friends of the Tate Gallery: Annual Report 1st May 1968-30th April 1969 (London 1969), p.11, repr. p.10
Repr: André Fage, Le Collectionneur de Peintures Modernes (Paris 1930), pl.XVII
This picture appears in the Bernheim-Jeune records under the title used here.
Jacques Salomon wrote (20 October 1969) that it represents the artist's mother in her bedroom at Vaucresson near Paris, where, in rented rooms, she passed the summers with her son in the years around 1920.
'This picture is painted not in gouache but in distemper, a technique characteristic of Vuillard to which he became accustomed while painting scenery in his youth for the Théâtre de l'Oeuvre. This technique gives his paintings the freshness and almost unalterable quality of pastel.'
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, pp.758-9, reproduced p.758