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At the Theatre

A work made of brush and black ink, with touches of graphite on tan wove paper.
© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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  • A work made of brush and black ink, with touches of graphite on tan wove paper.

Date:

1892

Artist:

Edouard Jean Vuillard
French, 1868-1940

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.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Édouard Jean Vuillard

Title

At the Theatre

Origin

France

Date

1892

Medium

Brush and black ink, with touches of graphite on tan wove paper

Inscriptions

Stamped recto, lower right, in black ink: "E.V."

Dimensions

248 × 326 mm

Credit Line

Purchased with funds provided by Anne Searle Meers (Bent)

Reference Number

1987.283

Copyright

© 2018 Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris

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