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29 May 2019
‘The snapshot effect here suggests that Vuillard based this painting on one of the numerous family photographs that he took with his Kodak camera. The artist’s mother ran a dressmaking business from their home and Vuillard’s style was influenced by the textiles that surrounded him… Early fans of the painter intuitively understood this relationship between his art and textiles: “He seems to embroider his canvases with glorious, old-fashioned wools,” wrote one Belgian critic, in a review of an exhibition held in Brussels in 1901, referring to Madame Vuillard Arranging Her Hair (1900)’ (Alastair Sooke in the Telegraph here.)
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