Édouard Vuillard

French painter (1868-1940)

Jean-Édouard Vuillard (November 11, 1868June 21, 1940) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis.

Édouard Vuillard



Private Journal - A collage of notes and images, sketches kept 1888-1895 & 1907 to 1940

  • Nothing is important save the spiritual state that enables one to subjectify one's thoughts to a sensation and to think only of the sensation, all the while searching to express it.
    • 6 Sept 1890.
  • To say that a thing is beautiful is simply an act of faith, not a measurement on some kind of scale.
    • 2 April 1891.
  • We perceive nature through the senses, which give us images of forms of colour, sounds etc. A form which exists only in relation to another form on its own, it does not exist.
    • 11 Nov 1888.
  • Conceive of a picture really as a series of harmonies.
    • 31 Aug 1890.

Quotes about Vuillard

  • One of the things I really love about Édouard Vuillard is that his paintings are often small, with domestic and rarely provocative subjects, but the more you look at them, the more quietly provocative they are.
    • Lisa Yuskavage Artifacts: Fascinating Facts about Art, Artists, and the Art World by Phaidon (2022)
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