Interior (Madame Vuillard and Grandmother Roussel at L'Étang-la-Ville)


Edouard Vuillard ( French, 1868 - 1940 )

About 1902
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General Description

This painting is set in the rural town of L'Étang-la-Ville where Edouard Vuillard's sister, Marie, and her husband, Ker-Xavier Roussel, had recently moved with their daughter, Annette. Vuillard's mother (on the left) and Roussel's mother, Annette's two grand-mères (grandmothers), sit together sewing near an open window. Although light spills into the room from the verdant landscape outside, the densely patterned wallpaper and low, beamed ceiling cast a gloomy hush over the scene. Vuillard used cardboard as a support for this painting, and he allows its warm surface to show through in many areas.

Adapted from

Heather MacDonald, DMA Label copy, 2014.

Fun Facts

  • This "interior" was located near Versailles, in the Roussels' country-home—a three-story house with beamed ceilings. The residence was known as La Montagne (The Mountain) because of its elevated location.