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Claude Bloch Dalsace recalls what it was like to sit for Vuillard.


In early 1927 Vuillard began a series of group portraits of Gilberte Bloch and her children. Her husband, Jean-André Bloch, commissioned the paintings but is not pictured. Edouard Vuillard liked to paint his sitters in their homes, surrounded by the objects and furnishings that reflected their tastes and personalities. His love of color, pattern, and texture often made these settings as vivid and prominent as the figures themselves. "I don't paint portraits," he famously said, "I paint people in their surroundings."

Edouard Vuillard in his studio with the first version...