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Aurélien-Marie Lugné-Poë (1869-1940)

8 3/4 x 10 1/2 in. (22.2 x 26.7 cm)

Edouard Vuillard
French (Cuiseaux, France, 1868 – 1940, La Baule-Escoublac, France)

Object Type: Painting
Medium and Support: Oil on paper mounted on panel
Credit Line: Gift of Fletcher Steele
Accession Number: 1972.18
Location: Currently on view
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This likeness captures the intense fervor of the artist's friend and patron, Aurélien-Marie Lugné-Poë (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]

Aurelien Francois Lugné-Poë (1869-1940), Paris; Etienne Bignou, Paris (dealer); Alex Reid & Lefevre, London (dealer), May 1928; Monsieur H.S., Paris, 1928; M. Knoedler, New York (dealer), December 1928; Mabel Choate (1870-1958), New York and Stockbridge Massachusetts; Fletcher Steele (1885-1971), Rochester, New York; his gift to the Gallery in 1972

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