La causette [The Chat]

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La causette [The Chat] 1893
Vuillard is well known for his 'intimiste' paintings. These feature intimate scenes that convey the comfort of a domestic lifestyle. 'The Chat' is one of a series of paintings depicting the artist's mother and his sister, Marie. In these paintings, Vuillard generally depicts his mother as a large, expansive woman, at ease in her surroundings, while his sister appears awkward and submissive. In this painting, his mother is imparting advice to her daughter who is about to get married. Vuillard integrates each woman into the composition by placing an item the same colour as their dress beside them: a black throw on the left and a white plant pot on the right.

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The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.


The informal, domestic scenes painted by Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard in France in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Composition, Intimism


  • Acc. No. GMA 2934
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 32.40 x 41.30 cm (framed: 57.80 x 49.80 x 8.90 cm)
  • Credit Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind 1960