Grandmother Michaud Seen against the Light

(1890)

Edouard Vuillard, French, b. Cuiseaux, 1868–1940

Oil on canvas, 25 5/8 x 21 1/4 in. (65 x 54 cm)

Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC, Gift of the Marion L. Ring Estate, 1987

Accession Number: 87.32

Provenance:
The Artist, Paris, to late 1930s or 1940
The Artist's Sister, Marie Roussel, until 1948
Her son, Jacques Roussel, 1948-1952 or 1953
O'Hana Gallery, London, June 1953
Marion and Gustave Ring, Washington, DC, June 1953-1984
Estate of Marion and Gustave Ring, 1984-1987
Gift of the Marion L. Ring Estate, 1987

Exhibition History:
KUNSTHALLE, Bern, Switzerland. 1946, p. 29.
PALAIS DES BEAUX-ARTS, Brussels. 1946, p. 51.
O'HANA GALLERY, London. "Coronation Exhibition," June-July 1953, no. 49, ill. p. 9, checklist, p. 12.
MUSEUM OF ART, Cleveland, Ohio. "Edouard Vuillard," 26 January-14 March 1954; MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, New York, 6 April-6 June 1954, catalogue by Andrew Carnduff Ritchie, p. 52, ill.
CORCORAN GALLERY, Washington, D.C. "Modern Paintings and Sculpture in Washington Collection," 30 April-24 May 1964, checklist, 109.
WILDENSTEIN AND COMPANY, New York. "Vuillard," 16 October-21 November 1964, no. 9, ill.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Selections from the Collection of Marion and Gustave Ring," 17 October 1985-12 January 1986, no. 50, ill.
VISUAL ARTS GALLERY, University of Alabama at Birmingham. "Fin-de-siecle Faces: Portraiture in the Age of Proust," 25 September-20 November 1988, fig. 26, p. 26, cat. no. 39, p. 48.
HIRSHHORN MUSEUM AND SCULPTURE GARDEN, Smithsonian Institution, Washington, DC. "Recent Acquisition, 1986-1988," 15 March-14 May 1989, checklist, 83.
MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, Houston, Texas. "The Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard," 17 November 1989-29 January 1990, no. 49, ill. p. 75. TOUR: PHILLIPS COLLECTION, Washington, D.C., 17 February-28 April; BROOKLYN MUSEUM, Brooklyn, New York, 17 May-30 July.
MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, Lyon, France. "Edouard Vuillard," 19 September-19 November 1990, ill. p. 122 and 104 cat. no. 35, p. 215, colorplate on cover. TOUR: FUNDACIO CAIXA DE PENSIONES, Barcelona, Spain, 4 December 1990-1 February 1991; MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, Nantes, France, 15 February-20 April.
DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART (organizer). "Degas to Picasso: the Painter, the Sculptor, and the Camera," no. 402, ill. p. 261. TOUR: SAN FRANCISCO MUSEUM OF MODERN ART, 1 October 1999-4 January 2000; DALLAS MUSEUM OF ART, Texas, 1 February-7 May; MUSEO GUGGENHEIM BILBAO, Spain, 12 June-10 September.
NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART, Washington, DC. "Edouard Vuillard," 19 January-20 April 2003, p. 56-57, pl. 3 (titled "Grandmother Michaud In Silhouette"). TOUR: MUSEE DES BEAUX-ARTS, Montreal, 15 May-24 August; MUSEE D'ORSAY, 23 September-4 January 2004; ROYAL ACADEMY, London, 27 January-27 April 2004.
MUSEO THYSSEN BORNEMISZA, Madrid, Spain. "Shadows," 10 February 2009 - 17 May 2009.

Published References:
PRESTON, STUART. Edouard Vuillard (New York: Harry N. Abrams, 1971), no. 32, ill. p. 27.
CIAFFA, PATRICIA. "The Portraits of Edouard Vuillard," (Ph. D. diss., Columbia University, 1985), p. 168-169, fig. 59, p. 384
MOLOTSKY, IRVIN. "Hirshhorn Given 8 Major Works," New York Times (6 January 1988), p. C13.
UNSIGNED. "La Chronique des Arts: Principales Acquisitions des Musees en 1987" Gazette des Beaux-Arts, no. 1430 (March 1988), no. 241, ill. p. 41.
EASTON, ELIZABETH WYNNE. "Edouard Vuillad's Interiors of the 1890's," vol. 1 (Ph. D. diss., Yale University, 1989), p. 73 and fig. 66, p. 195.
RICHARD, PAUL. "The Display of Daring," Washington Post (15 March 1989), pp. B1, B8-9.
KIMMELMAN, MICHAEL. "The Cryptic Interiors of Vuillard, Close, Ominous and Enigmatic," New York Times (27 February 1990), p. C13.
FORGIONE, NANCY ELLEN. "Edouard Vuillard in the 1890's: Intimism, Theater, and Decoration" (Ph. D. diss., Johns Hopkins University, 1992), fig. 42, p. 72.
COGEVAL, GUY. Vuillard: le temps detourne (Paris: Reunion des Musees Nationaux, 1993), ill. p. 64.
SALOMON, ANTOINE AND COGEVAL, GUY. "Vuillard: The Inexhaustible Glance; Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels" (Skira for Wildenstein Institute, 2003), vol. I, no. II-2, p. 73-74 (as "Grandmother Michaud Seen Against the Hight).
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