Édouard Vuillard

January 19 – April 20, 2003

West Building, Main Floor, Galleries 72, 73, 74, 77 through 81, and 83

THIS EXHIBITION IS NO LONGER ON VIEW AT THE NATIONAL GALLERY.

Overview: This exhibition presented 233 objects spanning the career of Parisian artist Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940). Included were paintings, folding screens, theater programs, prints, drawings, photographs, and ceramics. A series of decorative panels, The Public Gardens, 1894, were shown together for the first time since 1906. Some of the works in the exhibition had never before been on public display.

A 30-minute film entitled Édouard Vuillard, produced by the National Gallery, was shown in the East Building large and small auditoriums. An abbreviated version of the film was shown continuously in the exhibition. An audio tour was narrated by National Gallery of Art Director Earl A. Powell III, with commentary by Kimberly Jones, assistant curator of French paintings at the National Gallery, and Belinda Thomson, independent scholar, Edinburgh, Scotland. Related activities included a public symposium with lectures and a panel discussion by Vuillard scholars, a series of family workshops, and a teacher workshop. A series of films by Vuillard's contemporary, Sacha Guitry, were shown in conjunction with the exhibition.

Organization: The exhibition was organized by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, the Réunion des musées nationaux/Musée d'Orsay, Paris, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London. The exhibition curator was Guy Cogeval, chief curator, Montreal Museum of Fine Arts. Kimberly Jones was the coordinating curator at the National Gallery of Art.

Sponsor: The exhibition was made possible by Airbus. It was supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The film was made possible by HRH Foundation.

Attendance: 142,191

Catalog: Édouard Vuillard, by Guy Cogeval et al. Montreal, Quebec: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts; Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2003.

Brochure: Édouard Vuillard, by Lynn Kellmanson Matheny. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2003.

Édouard Vuillard Family Guide. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 2003.

Other Venues: Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, May 15–August 24, 2003
Galeries nationales du Grand Palais, Paris, September 23, 2003–January 4, 2004
Royal Academy of Arts, London, January 31–April 18, 2004

Image: Edouard Vuillard, Place Vintimille, 1911, five-panel screen, distemper on paper laid down on canvas, Gift of Enid A. Haupt, 1998.47.1-5

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