La Fenêtre ouverte [The Open Window]

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La Fenêtre ouverte [The Open Window] about 1902 - 1903, reworked 1915
This room is part of the apartment Vuillard shared with his mother at 28 rue Truffaut, Paris. The woman seen on the left of this painting is the artist’s mother, who ran a corset-making business from home. Vuillards’s painting is a study of the relationship between indoor and outdoor light. Much like the Impressionist painters who worked some years prior to the date of this painting, Vuillard was particularly interested on the effect of light on colour. The tonal quality of this scene and the dappled brushstrokes make the painting less flat and more decorative than earlier work.

Glossary Open


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.



  • Acc. No. GMA 2933
  • Medium Oil on millboard
  • Size 56.90 x 45.00 cm
  • Credit Presented by Sir Alexander Maitland in memory of his wife Rosalind, 1960