Maman Vuillard and Madame Vuillard

Barber Institute of Fine Arts

19 October 2018 – 20 January 2019

Marking 150 years since the artist’s birth in 1868, this exhibition is the first dedicated exclusively to Édouard Vuillard's portrayal of his mother, Madame Marie Michaud Vuillard.

Édouard Vuillard, Mme Vuillard arranging her hair, 1900

Very few artists have so consistently and obsessively depicted their mother in their art as much as Édouard Vuillard. It is no surprise that in 1920 Vuillard went as far as to say, ‘Ma maman, c’est ma muse’.

Through a series of paintings, photographs and works on paper, this exhibition will explore the diverse domestic roles and responsibilities of a petit-bourgeois widow at the turn of the 20th century.

In addition, it will examine how Vuillard’s practice as a modernist and his development of Intimisme was shaped by, and complemented, the intimate subject that was his mother.

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Opening times

Weekdays: 10am - 5pm
Weekends: 11am - 5pm

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