Portrait of Thadée Natanson
This painting portrays Thadée Natanson, Vuillard’s first and most important patron and the publisher of La Revue Blanche, the most noted avant-garde French periodical in the 1890s. The work typifies the artist’s oeuvre of this period in its concentration on a single meditative figure in the familiar setting of the home interior. Though Vuillard produces a clearly recognizable portrait, he focuses primarily on the mood and personality of the sitter. With eyes downcast, Natanson projects the inner contemplation at the heart of French Symbolism.
Oil on cardboard mounted on panel
20 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (52.4 x 39.4 cm)
frame: 28 13/16 x 24 x 2 1/2 in. (73.2 x 61 x 6.4 cm) (show scale)
Signed upper right: "E. Vuillard"
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Gift of William Kelly Simpson in honor of Nathan Todd Porter, Jr.
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Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940). Portrait of Thadée Natanson, 1897. Oil on cardboard mounted on panel, 20 5/8 x 15 1/2 in. (52.4 x 39.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of William Kelly Simpson in honor of Nathan Todd Porter, Jr., 2005.23 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 2005.23_PS6.jpg)
overall, 2005.23_PS6.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2012
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