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Edouard Vuillard, Madame André Wormser and her Children

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Full title Madame André Wormser and her Children
Artist Edouard Vuillard
Artist dates 1868 - 1940
Date made 1926/7
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 89.2 × 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 Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Madame André Wormser and her Children
Edouard Vuillard

This quiet domestic scene shows all the warmth and intimacy of Vuillard’s late paintings. We look into the elegant drawing room of a Parisian home – that of the Wormser family, at 27 rue Scheffer. The decoration reflects the taste of fashionable French society in the 1920s: pictures by Manet, Monet, Renoir and Roussel hang on the wall, and above the piano, obscured by the reflection of a striped sun canopy, is a large pastel by Degas.

Standing to the left is Madame Wormser, née Olga Boris, the wife of French banker André Wormser. Their four children – Diane, Sabine, Dominique and Olivier – are grouped in the brightly lit area on the right. Diane sits with the family’s pet dog at her feet and a musical score in her hands. Sabine, the youngest daughter, is next to her, absorbed in Dominique’s piano playing. Olivier, who later presented this picture to the National Gallery, stands at the back.

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