Sunday, March 3, 2013
| 2 pm
East Building, Museum Auditorium
Free; ticket from Box Office required
Stephen Brown, Assistant Curator, Jewish Museum, New York
Edouard Vuillard (1868–1940) is associated with exquisite paintings that offer a distinct blend of tradition and modernity. From his youthful work in turn-of-the-century Paris with the Nabis (Hebrew: prophets) to the decorative cycles for wealthy patrons and the worldly portraiture created after World War I, a recent exhibition at New York's Jewish Museum (Edouard Vuillard: A Painter and His Muses, 2012) offered an occasion for reconsideration of this exceptional painter. The curator of the exhibition, Dr. Stephen Brown, shares his insights into the life and work of this often-overlooked modern master.
Drawing on rich cultural traditions, Vuillard's art carries aesthetic and historical associations with roots in 19th-century realism and symbolism. To understand his artistic achievement calls for some appreciation of the unusually close support of his patrons, many of whom were Jewish. Their lives provided the basis for a prolific creativity and for an art that remains a mirror of the painter’s times.