La Chambre rose [The Pink Bedroom]
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La Chambre rose [The Pink Bedroom] about 1910 - 1911
Vuillard often left unpainted areas on his work, and does so here to great effect, with areas on the right of the canvas left bare. In this impressionistic painting the artist shows the effect of bright sunlight in a room, making positive use of the bare areas of primed canvas to emphasise shadow and create space around the vase of flowers on the table. Vuillard leaves it to the viewer to ‘fill in’ parts of the scene where shapes have been suggested – this is particularly evident on the flowers and the door on the right. Hints of dark outline in the foreground create the perspective of our viewpoint as spectators inside the room, standing over the end of the table.

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Impressionism

An influential style of painting that originated in France in the 1870s with artists such as Claude Monet, Pierre-August Renoir and Alfred Sisley. They were interested in capturing the changing effects of light, frequently exploring this through landscape scenes painted in the open air.

Perspective

The principle of representing depth on a flat surface so that items further away from the eye appear smaller and parallel lines appear to converge.

Impressionism, Perspective

Details

  • Acc. No. GMA 2936
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 64.00 x 53.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs Isabel M. Traill 1979