About this artwork

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.

Edouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard