Madame Hessel au Sofa

Edouard Vuillard, 1900 - 1901 about

WAG 6217

About this object

Lucie Hessel, the wife of Vuillard's art dealer Jos Hessel, was a good friend of the painter for almost forty years. Vuillard painted her at different stages of her life, capturing her grace and strong personality. This portrait is distinct for its freshness and spontaneity, with Madame Hessel smiling at the viewer. The colours of the painting and the shadowing of Madame Hessel's face are particularly unusual for the period and demonstrate Vuillard's innovative style.

The collection of paintings shown hanging on the walls behind her are clearly included to suggest Madame Hessel's status as a woman of taste and wealth. The portrait is dated around 1900-01 when the friendship between Lucie and Vuillard began.

Object specifics

  • Artist(s)
    Edouard Vuillard (French, born:1868-11-11, died:1940-06-21)
  • Date
    1900 - 1901 about
  • Materials
    Oil; Board
  • Measurements
    canvas/support: 54.6 cm x 54.6 cm
  • Physical description
    A woman with short dark hair reclining on a sofa with her head in the upper left of the composition.
  • Related people
    Edouard Vuillard (Artist/maker)
  • Other number(s)
    WAG Inventory Number: 6217
  • Credit line
    Purchased by the Walker Art Gallery in 1964
  • Location
    Walker Art Gallery, Room 10
  • Collection
    From the Walker Art Gallery collections


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  • Inscription text: E. Vuillard
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  • Inscription text: The Hanover Gallery / Portrait of Madame Hessel au Divan / by Edouade Vuillard / owner Paul Cross Esq
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  • Inscription text: Mrs E. Disher / 40 South Eaton Place / S.W. / SLO 3505
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