Edouard Vuillard at LACMA


Nude       walking

At Los Angeles County Museum of Art, there were lots of famous artists’ work such as Picasso and Kandinsky’s works, but most of all, two of Edouard Vuillard’s paintings caught my eyes.  One is his painting work called “Nude on a Chair” and the other one is called “Walking in the Vineyard”.

Jean Edouard Vuillard is a French painter and printmaker.  He was not as widely known as impressionist, but he created more than 3,000 paintings.  Some of his most famous works were made early in his career during his involvement with Nabis. (It is an avant-garde group, which is deeply influenced by the work of Paul Gauguin.)  His early works were small-scale prints, primarily color lithographs of Parisian life, but later he did many big size works including oil paintings.

“Nude on a Chair” is a small size oil paint work on the cardboard.  He did not put oil paints thickly, but softly and lightly.  He depicted light by using various kinds of bright pastel colors with blurry brush strokes.  He focused on showing emotional sensation and emotion rather than direct observation, and his description of color and tone inspired me a lot.  In contrast, his other work “Walking in the Vineyard” is a huge painting hanging in the 3rd floor of LACMA.  I really loved this piece because of its overwhelmed size and atmosphere.  Every element in the painting was interesting and mostly soft shades of green, yellow, and brown were amazing.  Even though I didn’t know much about him but I really enjoyed his rich colors and dreamlike imagery.

-Jiwon Kim


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