About this artwork
This spare but finished drawing evocatively depicts a maid with a bib apron (suggested by the bleeding of the ink) pulling back a curtain. It has been identified as a study for Vuillard’ s 1892 submission to the Livre d’ Art, the illustrated periodical published by Paul Fort, founder of Theatre d’ Art, the first forum for symbolist theater. Vuillard creates his image with a brilliant economy of means. A single line evokes the parted curtain-both a literal element of stagecraft and an emblem for theater itself. In addition, the line of the curtain cuts the page and calls attention to the flat surface of the drawing.
- Currently Off View
- Prints and Drawings
- Édouard Jean Vuillard
- At the Theatre
- France (Object made in)
- Brush and black ink, with touches of graphite on tan wove paper
- Stamped recto, lower right, in black ink: "E.V."
- 248 × 326 mm
- Purchased with funds provided by Anne Searle Meers (Bent)
- © 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris