Painted in 1915 as war raged across Europe, Modèle sur un sofa vert makes no reference to the political and social turmoil of the time. Instead, the scene seems to be imbued with an almost nostalgic glow, referencing Vuillard’s earlier Belle Epoque œuvre. However, the years of The First World War proved pivotal for Vuillard, who had spent several months at the Front in 1914. Guy Cogeval notes that: ‘The Great War was not a time of intense creative activity for Vuillard but rather the chance to rebuild his aspirations and ambitions on sterner, more intellectual principles… The war gave him the opportunity for a period of introspection that would lead to a rebirth’ (Guy Cogeval & Antoine Salomon, Vuillard, The Inexhaustible Glance, Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels, Paris, 2003, vol. III, p. 1177). Modèle sur un sofa vert was originally part of the collection of David David-Weill, a celebrated Parisian art collector who was a patron of Vuillard's.
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