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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.

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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University of Birmingham, Edgbaston, Birmingham, West Midlands, B15 2TS

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