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Deux ouvrières dans l'atelier de couture [Two Seamstresses in the Workroom] 1893

Not on display

This was probably the first painting by Vuillard to enter a British collection. Vuillard gave it to the Scottish artist Charles Mackie and his wife Anne when they visited Paris in 1893. The women seen in profile in the painting worked for Vuillard's mother in her corset and dress-making business. For a few years in the early 1890s Vuillard's paintings became so highly patterned that they verged on abstraction. It is likely that his day-to-day contact with patterned materials through his mother's work influenced his very intricate, decorative style of painting.

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Abstract art

Art in which there is no attempt to represent anything existing in the world, particularly used of the 20th century onwards. ‘Abstraction’ refers to the process of making images that may in part derive from the visible world but which are reduced to basic formal elements.

Abstract art


  • Acc. No. GMA 3583
  • Medium Oil on millboard
  • Size 13.30 x 19.40 cm
  • Credit Purchased with assistance from the Art Fund (Scottish Fund) and the National Heritage Memorial Fund 1990