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- Vuillard’s painting style used broad areas of flat color. He kept his forms simple but stylized. Above all, he was decorative and used elegant lines.
- His works may look domestic and decorative but many of them are unsettling upon further viewing. They are more morally ambiguous and psychologically turbulent than one thought upon first viewing.
- Among other media, Vuillard also painted with distemper. It is an art medium made from powdered chalk (or toxic white lead) or lime and size. Painting on distempered surfaces blends watercolors with whiting and glue.
- Distemper can no longer be made with white lead because it is a carcinogen. Not many artists worked with this medium. It ages strangely. Distemper works often develop a “whitened out” look.
- Vuillard enjoyed all aspects of the arts, including his work in the theater. He designed sets for plays by Ibsen, Strindberg and others. He also created posters and programs for the theater.
- His interest in textile patterns, which appear in his paintings, come from both his mother’s business, as a dressmaker and textile designer, and the Japanese colored prints which became available. These Japanese prints were also influenced by textiles since Japan is a textile oriented culture.
- He lived at home with his mother until her death in 1928. His father died when he was a young boy. Thus his mother was his primary influence, with a lot of creative impact on his life as well as presenting psychological turbulence within it.
- He made close friends within the Nabi. Vallotton and Bonnard were friends for life. Rousel became his brother-in-law.