About this artwork

Vuillard often left unpainted areas on his work, and does so here to great effect, with areas on the right of the canvas left bare. In this impressionistic painting the artist shows the effect of bright sunlight in a room, making positive use of the bare areas of primed canvas to emphasise shadow and create space around the vase of flowers on the table. Vuillard leaves it to the viewer to ‘fill in’ parts of the scene where shapes have been suggested – this is particularly evident on the flowers and the door on the right. Hints of dark outline in the foreground create the perspective of our viewpoint as spectators inside the room, standing over the end of the table.

  • title: La Chambre rose [The Pink Bedroom]
  • accession number: GMA 2936
  • artist: Edouard VuillardFrench (1868 - 1940)
  • gallery: Scottish National Gallery(On Display)
  • object type: Painting
  • subject: Interior Intimism
  • materials: Oil on canvas
  • date created: About 1910 - 1911
  • measurements: 64.00 x 53.00 cm (80.50 x 68.50 x 8.10 cm)
  • credit line: Presented by Mrs Isabel M. Traill 1979
  • photographer: Antonia Reeve

Edouard Vuillard

Edouard Vuillard

Vuillard was born near Lyon, but the family moved to Paris in 1878. His father died when he was fifteen and thereafter his mother, who ran a small corset and dress-making business from home, became the dominant influence in his life. Many of Vuillard's paintings of the turn of the century are small in scale and depict apparently mundane interiors or record everyday episodes in domestic, middle-class life. These were subjects few other artists thought worthy of attention. His paintings of this type are usually referred to as 'intimiste'.