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Nature morte au bougeoir [The Candlestick] About 1900

Not on display

This painting shows Vuillard's obsession with pattern and texture. The designs on the wallpaper and tablecloth are depicted in great detail. However, each element in the painting is given equal weight and the whole composition is unified by little dabs of paint. Vuillard often painted with a dry, sticky type of paint, known as 'colle' on soft, brown cardboard. He would frequently leave some parts of the board unpainted, as can be seen in the bottom right area of this picture, to form the neutral tone.

Glossary Open


The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Peinture à la colle

Also known as ‘distemper’, peinture à la colle is a type of paint made by mixing hot glue with powdered colours. Once applied, it dries quickly to form a matte surface and was originally used to paint stage sets in the theatre.

Composition, Peinture à la colle


  • Acc. No. GMA 2935
  • Medium Oil on millboard
  • Size 43.60 x 75.80 cm
  • Credit Presented by Mrs Isabel M. Traill 1979