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Madame André Wormser and her Children
Edouard Vuillard

Madame Wormser, née Olga Boris was the wife of French banker André Wormser. She stands in the drawing room of the family's Paris home at 27 rue Scheffer, with her four children grouped in the brightly lit area on the right.

The elegant interior documents the taste of fashionable French society in the 1920s. On the walls are pictures by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Roussel. A large pastel by Degas hangs above the piano, obscured by the reflection of a striped sun canopy.

This quiet domestic scene shows all the warmth and intimacy of Vuillard's late paintings. With the comically named 'Pouf des Landes', the family's pet dog, at her feet and a musical score in her hands, daughter Diane sits next to her youngest sister Sabine, absorbed in listening to Dominique playing the piano.

Their brother Olivier stands at the back. He later served as Officer in the French Free Forces during the Second World War, and presented this painting to the National Gallery in thanks to the British Nation.

Key facts
Artist Edouard Vuillard
Artist dates 1868 - 1940
Full title Madame André Wormser and her Children
Date made 1926/7
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 89.2 x 116.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by an Officer of General de Gaulle's Free French Navy in grateful remembrance of the years 1940-5, 1983
Inventory number NG6488
Location in Gallery Not on display
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