Self Portraits: Edouard Vuillard

Autoportrait au Miroir de Bambou 17½ x 21 in. oil on canvas circa 1890

Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) is so well known for his lively juxtapositions of patterned rugs, fabric and wallpaper, that I was completely surprised to come across this quiet self-portrait. Yes, he has managed to fit in a bit of pattern in the frame of the mirror, but the reflected view is so serene. A  stolen moment of floating calm, with his closed eyes either an indication of private thought, or simply shyness. What do you think?

Inspired by Douglas Ferrin's remarkably honest series of self portraits, February will be dedicated to the art of the self portrait. Please email your suggestion (not your own work please) with a few words to decribe why you like it. Be sure to include the title, medium, size and year.

1 comment:

  1. The contrast between this Vuillard self-portrait and those of Douglas Ferrin could not be stronger. Doug is like, "Here I am. Take me as you find me." Edouard Vuillard appears somehow pained at the exposure. So interesting.


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