The Garden of La Muette à Passy, Paris (La Muette)
Edouard Vuillard ( French, 1868 - 1940 )
This view of the Parisian suburb of Passy was one of seven vertically oriented cityscapes made by Edouard Vuillard in the early 1900s. A daringly pared-down composition, the shadowy, urban scene reprises Vuillard's earlier decorative project and first public success, Jardins publics (1894). Four of the Parisian street panels were exhibited in 1908 and purchased by French playwright Henri Bernstein. His appreciation for Vuillard's style is evidenced by Bernstein's 1909 commission for additional Parisian scenes to decorate his sumptuous apartment on the Boulevard Haussmann.
Belinda Thompson, "People in Rooms: Four Paintings by Edouard Vuillard," in Impressionism and Post-Impressionism at the Dallas Museum of Art, ed. Heather MacDonald (New Haven, CT: Yale University Press, 2013), 156, note 2.
Richard R. Brettell, "Vuillard, 'La Place Vintimille'," in Mind's Eye: Masterworks on Paper from David to Cézanne, eds. Olivier Meslay and William B. Jordan (Dallas Museum of Art; New Haven, NJ: Yale University Press, 2014) 182-183.
Translation of Antoine Salomon's letter dated November 10, 1982, in the documentation from Thomas Gibson Fine Art Ltd., copy in the Collections Records Object File.
- Crisis and Resolution in Vuillard's Search for Art Nouveau Unity in Modern Decoration: Sources for The Public Gardens
Read Annette Leduc Beaulieu and Brooks Beaulieu's article for the journal, Nineteenth-Century Art Worldwide. Summer 2005. The article's illustrations are examples of Vuillard's first successful decorative project of nine panel paintings for Alexandre Natanson in 1894.