Lot 38
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Edouard Vuillard

500,000 - 700,000 USD
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  • Edouard Vuillard
  • Mme Gillou chez elle (L'Accord parfait)
  • Signed E. Vuillard (lower right)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 28 by 35 1/2 in.
  • 71.1 by 90.2 cm


Madame Louise Gillou, Paris (commissioned from the artist on February 28, 1932)

Madame René Fenwick (Mrs Gillou's daughter), Paris

Sale: Palais Galliera, Paris, Collection Fenwick, December 3,
1964, lot 30

Knoedler & Co, New York

Judge Paul H. Buchanan, Jr., Indianapolis

Acquired from the above by the family of the present owner in 1984


Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs, Exposition E. Vuillard, 1938, no. 202

Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Vuillard, 1948, no. 83bis (titled
Reynaldo Hahn en visite chez Madame F...  and as dating from

Toronto, Art Gallery of Ontario & Chicago, Art Institute, Edouard Vuillard, 1971-72, no. 91, illustrated in the catalogue

New York, Knoedler Gallery, Vuillard, 1972, no. 17

New York, Hammer Galleries, At Leisure: Pastimes of the 19th and 20th centuries, 1979, no. 15

Montreal, Musée des Beaux-Arts de Montreal, Alfred Hitchcock et l'Art, 2000-01

London, Royal Academy of Arts, Vuillard, 2001, no. 324, illustrated in color in the catalogue


Claude Roger-Marx, Vuillard et son temps, Paris, 1946, p. 81

Jacques Salomon, Après de Vuillard, Paris, 1953, pp. 98 & 101

jacques Salomon, Vuillard admiré, Paris, 1961, illustrated p. 174

Claude Roger-Marx, Vuillard, intérieurs, Paris & Lausanne, 1968, p. 56

Jacques Salomon, Vuillard, Paris, 1968, illustrated p. 178

Emilie Daniel, Vuillard, L'espace de l'intimité, Paris, 1984, fig. 109, illustrated p. 317

Michel Makarius, Vuillard, Paris, 1989, illustrated in color pp. 85-86

Antoine Salomon & Guy Cogeval, Vuillard, The Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels, vol. III, Paris, 2003, no. XII-95, illustrated in color p. 1503

Catalogue Note

Vuillard's luminous depiction of his patron in her salon exemplifies the commissions to which the artist devoted most of his time in the 1930s.  Mme Louise Gillou, at whose request the artist painted this work in 1932-33, was a formidable woman with a rich collection of 19th century pictures which she acquired from the dealer, Jos Hessel.  In his monograph of Vuillard's work, André Salomon provides the following characterization of the sitter and her environs, which Vuillard has so beautifully captured in his picture:  "She... was feared for her wit and plan speaking.  She was obviously proud of her collection of paintings, sold to her by Hessel.  Corots, Renoirs and Fourains jostled together on the walls, each one 'murdered' by a spotlight" (A. Salomon, op. cit., p. 178).

When it was exhibited in Paris in 1948, the present picture was titled after the male guest of Mme Guillou, who appears standing in the background of this composition.  Reynaldo Hahn (1874-1947) was a conductor, musical critic and composer, who eventually became the director of the Paris Opera.   Born in Venezuela and naturalized as a French citizen in his twenties, Hahn was one of the leading composers and conductors of his day, and was romantically linked to the great French novelist, Marcel Proust.  At the time of this painting, Hahn was serving as the general manager of the Cannes Casino Opera and was the music critic for the Paris daily, Le Figaro.   He stands at the far right of the composition with his hands clasped and appears to be expounding upon one of his many intellectual pursuits for the pleasure of his hostess.