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Interior with Pink Wallpaper II

Unlike many Impressionist and post-Impressionist artists who turned to plein-air painting, Vuillard is best known for his intimate interiors. This print is one of two views of the same pink room, related to a scene of the artist’s mother in an interior with a hanging lamp. When displayed together they form a diptych in the Japanese print tradition. The prominent lamp may also be a nod to a large, foreground festival lantern in a print by Ando Hiroshige. Other important influences on Vuillard were the rich colors, textures, and patterns of Victorian fabrics associated with the home-based dressmaking business of his mother and elder sister Marie. In this print his sister is barely visible under the lamp. Indeed, the figures have become so simplified that they are difficult to even distinguish from their domestic surroundings.

Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art’s collection includes both Interior with Pink Wallpaper I (Eskenazi Museum of Art 67.68) and II (shown here) as well as a rare color proof for II (Eskenazi Museum of Art 75.2.1).

Edouard Vuillard
French, 1868–1940
Interior with Pink Wallpaper II, Plate 6 from Landscapes and Interiors
1899
Color lithographs on paper
Image: 13 ¾ x 10 ¾ (34.9 x 27.3 cm); sheet: 20 7/8 x 16 ¾ (53.0 x 42.5 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 73.42