VUILLARD, Édouard
(b. 1868, Cuiseaux, d. 1940, La Baule)

In Bed

1891
Oil on canvas, 73 x 93 cm
Musée d'Orsay, Paris

This canvas is an intimate painting. Because the Nabis artists had a penchant for subjects such as this, their style was also known as Intimism. Vuillard places his painting under the primacy of two-dimensionality, far more so than his role model Bernard or fellow combatant Bonnard. The bed, figure, and wall are transformed to create an interplay between the surfaces. Vuillard restricts the colour palette to gray, ochre, and brown in order to maximize the decorative effect.