Edouard Vuillard

The Laden Table


Not on display

Edouard Vuillard 1868–1940
Original title
La Table encombrée
Pastel on paper on board
Support: 470 × 546 mm
frame: 643 × 713 × 60 mm
Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the Contemporary Art Society 1940

Display caption

This painting shows the drawing-room of the Paris house where Vuillard lived with his mother. The artist's niece stands at the table doing her lessons. Her brother is at the window, looking out. The silhouette of the artist's mother can be seen on the right, and Vuillard himself appears in the portrait on the wall. Although he frequently used friends or family as models, Vuillard said,;I don't make portraits. I paint people in their homes.

Gallery label, September 2004

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Catalogue entry

Edouard Vuillard 1868-1940

N05145 La Table encombrée (The Laden Table) c.1908

Inscribed 'E. Vuillard' b.r.
Pastel on brownish paper mounted on millboard, 18 1/2 x 21 1/2 (47 x 54.5)
Bequeathed by Montague Shearman through the CAS 1940
Prov: With Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (purchased from the artist 26 March 1909); with Alex. Reid, Glasgow; Mrs E.R. Workman, London; with Reid and Lefevre, London; Montague Shearman, London
Exh: The CAS: Loan Exhibition of Modern Foreign Painting, Colnaghi's Galleries, London, June-July 1924 (64), lent by Mrs Workman; Pictures and Drawings by Modern Artists, French Gallery, London, October 1925 (7); Opening Exhibition of the Modern Foreign Gallery, Tate Gallery, June-October 1926 (works not numbered); Six French Painters, Leicester Galleries, London, December 1936 (3), lent by Montague Shearman; The Montague Shearman Collection, Redfern Gallery, London, April-May 1940 (26); The Tate Gallery's Wartime Acquisitions, National Gallery, London, April-May 1942 (139); A Selection from the Tate Gallery's Wartime Acquisitions, CEMA touring exhibition, September 1942-September 1943 (100); RSA, Edinburgh, May-August 1946 (208)
Lit: Jacques Salomon, Vuillard (Paris 1961), p.106, repr.
Repr: John Rothenstein, Modern Foreign Pictures in the Tate Gallery (London 1947), pl.81; John Rothenstein, The Tate Gallery (London 1966), p.257

In the Vuillard drawing-room, 26 Rue de Calais, Paris; the door on the right opening on to the dining-room. Annette Roussel (Vuillard's niece) in a white pinafore is standing at the table, where she is doing her lessons. Her brother Jacques is at the window, looking out. On the right, the silhouette of Mme Vuillard, the artist's mother. The picture on the wall in a frame is the portrait of Vuillard by Felix Vallotton painted in 1897.

Vuillard and his mother moved to the Rue de Calais in 1907. This picture must have been painted between the time of their arrival and March 1909, when it was purchased by Bernheim-Jeune. A dating of c.1908 is confirmed by the ages of the two children.

A sketchier version of this composition in distemper measuring 48 x 60cm, apparently done as a preliminary study, was sold at Christie's on 19 June 1964, lot 54, and is reproduced in colour in the catalogue. It originally belonged to Jacques Roussel.

Published in:
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.757-8, reproduced p.757

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