Jeux D’enfants (Children’s Games)

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Édouard Vuillard

French, 1868 - 1940

Jeux d’enfants (Children’s Games), 1897

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Lithograph on paper

Dimensions: 16 13/16 × 22 5/8 in. (42.7 × 57.5 cm)

Gift of The Whiting Foundation through Mr. Donald E. Johnson, 1987.23

Vuillard met Pierre Bonnard and Maurice Denis while studying at the École des Beaux Arts. By 1890 he was sharing a studio with the two artists, which for nearly a decade served as a meeting place for the Nabis. In reaction against Impressionism, the Nabis were more interested in the decorative and emotive use of color and line. They were greatly influenced by Japanese woodblock prints and emulated their pure, flat colors and bold, simple designs. Completed during this decade of creative interaction among these artists, this important print illustrates the goals of their collective. The bent-over figure looms closest to the viewer, weaving near and far together, hence flattening the landscape. Here, the Japanese graphic style informing a contemporary French scene is quite apparent.

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