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Vuillard at New York's Berry-Hill Galleries, the major show finally reaches Washington's National Gallery

The exhibition was brought to fruition with with the input of Galerie Bellier, directed by Jean-Claude Bellier, the godson of Vuillard

The long awaited touring show of post-Impressionist Edouard Vuillard opened last month at the National Gallery in Washington, and this exhibition provides a valuable complement, with some 60 paintings, drawings and studies spanning the artist’s career, and a catalogue with an interview with Guy Cogeval, director of the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and curator of the retrospective. Frederick Hill of Berry-Hill assembled the exhibition in collaboration with Galerie Bellier in Paris; Jean-Claude Bellier was Vuillard’s godson, and many of the works here come from the family’s collection. While Mr Hill acknowledges that Vuillard’s work of the Nabis period is the best known and desirable, he adds that good pieces from all periods are highly coveted. Included are some intriguing later works, from the 1920s and 1930s (such as “La Comtesse Lanskoy”, c. 1934-35, detail right), which may surprise those not familiar with this fascinating artist’s entire career (until 8 March).

Originally appeared in The Art Newspaper as 'Edouard Vuillard'