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Edouard Vuillard
French, 1868 - 1940

Aurélien-Marie Lugné-PoŽ (1869-1940), 1891
French Painting
Oil on paper mounted on panel
8 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (22.2 x 26.7 cm), without frame

Gift of Fletcher Steele,  72.18

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This likeness captures the intense fervor of the artist's friend and patron, Aurélien-Marie Lugné-PoŽ (1869-1940), an actor and daring theatrical producer who helped Vuillard obtain his first commission for a theatrical poster.  The artist's use of broad areas of flat color to define form and volume in this intimate portrait is typical of the Nabis painters, a group of artists influenced by Paul Gauguin and with whom Vuillard was aligned.

[Gallery label text, 1999]