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10/10/2014—Seattle, WA, USA<br />
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Chiyo Ishikawa, Deputy Director for Art and Curator of European Painting & Sculpture at the Seattle Art Museum. Here she stands in profile by one of her favorite paintings in the museum:<br />
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Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940)<br />
Dining Room, Rue de Naples, Paris, 1935<br />
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Prentice Bloedel, 91.15<br />
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Quote from Chiyo Ishikawa on this painting:<br />
“So often we pay attention to artists at the moment of artistic breakthrough. For Vuillard, that was in the 1890s when he was a member of the Nabis group in Paris, defining a decorative, concrete style in opposition to  the fleeting observations of the Impressionists. This painting, made when he was an old man, doesn’t depart much from the subjects of his early works, which often depicted people at home; but it has a loose technique that to me suggests utter confidence and familiarity with this room. I love how he creates a glowing atmosphere that suggests a cozy evening in a Paris apartment--an ideal of daily life.”<br />
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Photograph by Stuart Isett<br />
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