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Édouard Vuillard (1868 – 1940)





1868 11 November Charles-Edouard Vuillard born at Cuiseaux (Saone-et-Loire), the third child of Joseph-Honore Vuillard, retired army captain (Chevalier de la Legion d'honneur), working as tax inspector and Marie, nee Michaud.

1877 Vuillard family moves to 18 rue de Chabrol, Paris 10. Attends Ecole Rocroy-Saint-Leon, directed by Marist brothers.

1879 Mme Vuillard succeeds to corsetry firm of Mme Duval-Caron.

1883 Move to 20 rue Daunou, Paris 2.

1884 Death of Honore Vuillard. Vuillard attends Lycee Condorcet, from October in rhetoric class. Fellow pupils include Ker-Xavier Roussel and, in a lower class, Maurice Denis and Aurelien Lugne-Poe.

1885 Family moves to 6 rue du Marche Saint-Honore, Paris 1. Vuillard leaves Condorcet, begins regular visits to Louvre.

1886 January: fails entrance examination to Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Enters Academie Julian, taught there by Tony Robert-Fleury and William-Adolphe Bouguereau.

1887 July: passes entrance exam for Ecole des Beaux-Arts (4th attempt). Enrols at Cabinet des Estampes, Bibliotheque Nationale. October: family moves to 10, rue de Miromesnil, Paris 8.

1888 Six weeks tuition in Gerome's studio. November: begins journal. Paul Serusier brings Talisman, revealing the synthetic lessons of Gauguin, to Academie Julian. The Nabi group formed, with Maurice Denis, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Ranson, HenriGabriel Ibels.

1889 Moves to 24 rue de Miromesnil, Paris 8. Exhibits charcoal drawing of grandmother at Salon. Universal Exhibition. Introduced to Nabi group by Denis. Begins to work from memory. 48 days military service in Lisieux.

1890 Meets Serusier and Bonnard through Denis. Attends Nabi meetings in Paul Ranson's studio.

1891 Family moves to 346 rue Saint Honore, Paris 1. Shares rent of studio at 28 rue Pigalle with Bonnard, Lugne-Poe, G. Roussel, Natanson. October: rents own studio, 24 rue Pigalle. Small one-man-show at Revue blanche offices.

1892 Paints first decoration, six overdoor panels for Paul Desmarais. Autumn: visits Belgium, Holland and London with K. -x. Roussel.

1893 Paints screen for Mme Desmarais. Founder member of Lugne-Poe's Theatre de I'Oeuvre. Death of grandmother Michaud.

1894 August-September: works on nine Public Gardens panels for Alexandre Natanson.

1895 Paints five panels, Women and Flowers, for Thadee Natanson.

1896 Moves to 342 rue Saint Honore, Paris 1. Completes four panels for Dr. Vaquez, Figures and Interiors.

1897 Exhibition at Vollard's. Lithographs. Summer/autumn at Le Relais, Villeneuve-sur-Yonne with Natansons.

1898 Travels to Italy, Venice and Florence. Summer at Villeneuve. Completes two panels for Jean Schopfer, In the Garden at Le Relais, Villeneuve-sur- Yonne. November: moves to 56 rue des Batignolles, Paris 17. Military service in Toul.

1899 Travels to London with Bonnard. Moves to 28 rue Truffaut, Paris 17. March: exhibits with other Nabis and Neo-Impressionists at Durand-Ruel gallery. April: travels to Milan and Venice with Bonnard and Roussel.  Completes two large panels for Adam Natanson, The First Fruits, Window Overlooking the Woods. Autumn at Villeneuve. Album of lithographs,Landscapes and Interiors, published by Vollard.

1900 April: first exhibition at Bernheim-jeune gallery. Summer at l'Etang-la-Ville. September: with Vallotton at La Naz, Romanel, in Switzerland. December: Cannes.

1901 Visits Spain with Bonnard and the Bibescos. Exhibits at Independants' salon for first time. Feydeau commission. Stays with Redon at St. Georges-de-Didonne. Summer at Criqueboeuf, near Honfleur. Paints third panel for Jean Schopfer, On the Terrace,

1902 Exhibits eight works at Independants. Summer at Les Etincelles, Villerville, with the Roussels.

1903 Independants. April-May: exhibition at Bernheim-jeune gallery with Vallotton. Summer at Vasouy with the Hessels. Participates in first Salon d' Automne. Visits Vienna with Misia and Thadee Natanson. Visits Sutro in London.

1904 Spring: visits Roussel in Saint-Tropez. Two works bought by State for Musee du Luxembourg. Summer at Vasouy. October: moves to 123, rue de la Tour, Paris 16.

1905 Paints from the model, rue de la Tour. Summer at Chateau-Rouge, Amfreville,Normandy. Series of interiors for the Fontai nes. Important exhibition of decorations at Salon d' Automne.

1906 April: visits Ventnor, Isle of Wight. Amfreville and Brittany in summer. Commissions for Fontaine, Fayet and Bernheim. Paints panels of Paris street scenes. Bibesco commissions decorations.

1907 Third summer at Amfreville. Pastels and landscapes, return to colle. The Roussels move to their newly built house, La Jacanette, in l'Etang-la-Vilie.

1908 February: visits London with Bonnard and Misia and Alfred Edwards. April: visits London and Scotland. July: moves to 26, rue de Calais (overlooking Place Vintimille), Paris 17. Embarks on new business arrangements with the Bernheimjeunes. Summer at Le Pouliguen, Brittany. February/November: one-man shows at Bernheims' .

1909 Summer at Saint-Jacut. August: visits Denis at Perros-Guirec. Takes studio in Boulevard Malesherbes.

1910 June: visits Belgium. Summer at Les Pavilions, Villerville. September: visits Spain and Basque country. First commission for Miss Chapin.

1911 Screen and large decoration, La Bibliotheque, for Miss Chapin. Summer at Les Pavilions. The Bernheims commission decorative scheme for their villa, Boislurette.

1912 March/April: visits Brussels, Munich and Strasbourg with Lucie Hessel. April: oneman-show at Bernheim-jeune. Summer at Loctudy, Brittany. Commission to paint decorative scheme for the Comedie des Champs-Elysees. Turns down Legion d'honneur.

1913 June: visits Hamburg with Bonnard. Summer at Cabourg. October: moves to second floor, 26, rue de Calais.

1914 April: visits Italy with Hessels and Romain Coolus. Summer at Les Etincelles, Villerville. Called up, serves four months as railway guard at Conflans, near Paris.

1915 Visits Roussels in Lausanne.

1916 March: commission to paint munitions factory in Lyon, run by Thadee Natanson.

1917 February: sent to Gerardmer in the Vosges as official war artist. The Hessels rent the Villa Anna at Vaucresson.

1918 Rents the Closerie des Genets apartment in Vaucresson, which he and his mother take regularly until 1925.

1920 The Hessels acquire the Clos Cezanne, Vaucresson.

1926 First of many stays with the Hessels at their new country residence, the Chateau des Clayes, near Versailles.

1927 Moves to 6, place Vintimille, due to demolition of 26, rue de Calais.

1936 Paints decorations for Palais des Nations, Geneva.

1937 Paints panel, La Comedie, for the Theatre de Chaillot. Elected to Academie des Beaux-Arts.

1938 April: major retrospective exhibition at the Musee des Arts Decoratifs, Paris.

1940 21 June: Vuillard dies at La Baule, having taken refuge from German invasion.


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