This still life represents Vuillard's stylistic developments, expressing his attraction to abstracted qualities of decoration all the while confirming this commitment to the naturalist ideas that were in vogue at the time. However, this painting could equally be seen as a reflection of the artist’s state of mind and emotions. It was these private sentiments that Gide would recall several years later when he reviewed Vuillard’s work at the Salon d’Automne: “[Vuillard] is the most intimate of the story-tellers… I think it must be because his brush never breaks free of the emotion which guides it; the outer world, for Vuillard, is always a pretext, an adjustable means of expression" (André Gide, "Promenade au Salon d’Automne," in La Gazette des Beaux-Arts, December 1, 1905, n.p.).
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