Édouard Vuillard (1868 – 1940) was a French painter and printmaker associated with the Nabis. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris, where he met Pierre Bonnard, Maurice Denis, and Paul Sérusier. In 1888, he enrolled in the École des Beaux-Arts, but left two years later to join his friends in the studio of Paul Gauguin. He returned to Paris in 1897 and participated in the first exhibition of the Salon duceau, where he met Bonnard again. He painted with a bolder palette and became more independent of Gauguin’s style. In 1901, he married Suzanne Valadon, who had formerly been one of Gauguin’s mistresses.
Vuillard’s work is often associated with the Nabis, a group of artists who were influenced by Paul Gauguin and his work. Vuillard was a part of this group, and his work shows the influence of Gauguin’s style, particularly in its use of color and bold patterns. However, Vuillard’s work is also distinguished by its own unique qualities, such as its intimate, domestic scenes and its depiction of the everyday life of Parisian bourgeoisie.
Vuillard’s work was popular with critics and collectors during his lifetime, and his reputation has continued to grow in the years since his death. His work is now included in the collections of major museums around the world, such as the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Musee d’Orsay in Paris, and the National Gallery in London.