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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet
Léonard Agathon - Deux esquisses pour le Jeu de l'Echarpe

Figures in an Interior

Cuiseaux, 1868 - La Baule, 1940
Glue-based paint on canvas
Intimacy : 212,5 x 154,5 cm

Intimacy is one of four panels painted by Vuillard for the apartment of Doctor Henri Vaquez (1860-1936) in Paris. This cardiologist, who was doctor to Daudet and later Marcel Proust, was a passionate lover of modern art.

For a room that was undoubtedly used as a library, Vuillard devised a subtle visual interplay between the pictures themselves, and the walls covered with the wallpaper that was their extension. The figures that appear in this panel are imaginary doubles of the occupants of the place. They blend into the multi-coloured mass of fabrics and wallpapers, which bring to mind the “mille-fleurs” tapestries of the Late Middle Ages.

The artist depicts a world enclosed by the horizontals of the crisscrossing beams of the celling and the edge of the carpet, and muted by a restrained range of pigments dominated by purple, brown and green. The effect of mattness was obtained using a technique he tried out when painting theatre sets: mixing paint with glue to preserve all the intensity of the raw pigment.
Exemplifying the artists’ reflection on the relationship between painting and the decorative arts, these panels where the subjects dissolve into the interplay of coloured marks prefigure the revolutions in painting of the early 20th century, with the birth of abstraction and the decorative paintings of Matisse.  

Mural for Doctor Vaquez’s library, 1896
Figures in an Interior - Four panels
Glue-based paint on canvas

212,5 x 154,5 cm
Inv. : PPP02439

212,5 x 154 cm
Signed and dated, bottom left : "Edouard Vuillard 96"
Inv. : PPP02440

Selection of books
212 x 77 cm
Inv. : PPP02441

212 x 77,3 cm
Signed and dated, bottom left : "Edouard Vuillard 96"
Inv. : PPP02442

Donor, testator or seller: 
Gift of Madame Henri Vaquez, 1936
Inventory number: 
Intimacy : PPP02439
Inventory number : Intimacy : PPP02439
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