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The Pitch Pine Room (formerly Denise Natanson and Marcelle Aron in the Summer House at Villerville, Normandy, Summer 1910

Édouard Vuillard

French, 1868-1940
Oil on canvas
18-1/4 x 25-3/8 in. (46.4 x 64.4 cm)
The Norton Simon Foundation
© The Norton Simon Foundation

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Vuillard was on terms of intimate friendship with his patrons in the Parisian Jewish haute bourgeoisie, painting them at home and at ease. This modern pine-paneled room belonged to a country house in Normandy rented by Vuillard’s friends, the Hessels, in the summer of 1910. Unmarried and childless, the painter was particularly fascinated by the intergenerational relationships in and between such families. The little girl pictured here in red is Denise Natanson, the youngest member of the Natanson clan, Vuillard’s close friends and first major patrons. Her companion is Marcelle Aron, a cousin of the hostess, Lucie Hessel, whose portrait, also by Vuillard, hangs nearby.

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