Description & Technical information

Datable to around 1920, the present sheet was drawn in the residential suburb of Vaucresson, west of Paris. Vuillard’s close friends, the Belgian-born art dealer Jos Hessel and his wife Lucy, had bought a villa at Vaucresson in 1917, and the artist and his mother began renting a small house in the same town the following year. Vuillard produced numerous drawings and pastels at Vaucresson, and in particular of the well-tended garden outside his home and studio.

Stamped with the studio stamp (Lugt 909c) at the lower right.
A repaired tear at the lower left centre.

Medium: Pastel on reddish-brown paper
Dimensions: 30.1 x 23 cm (11⁷/₈ x 9 inches)
Provenance: The estate of the artist, Paris (Lugt 909c)
Anonymous sale, Paris, Hôtel Drouot, 19 March 1983, lot 26bis
Galerie Bellier, Paris, 
Private collection, New York
By descent to a private collection, New York.
Literature: Antoine Salomon and Guy Cogeval, Vuillard: The Inexhaustible Glance. Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels, Milan, 2003, Vol.III, p.1303, no.XI-5 (where dated c.1920).
Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints