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Gift of the Hanna Fund 1951.65.4
© Artists Rights Society (ARS), New York / ADAGP, Paris
Catalogue raisonné: Roger-Marx 34
The simplification of detail in this landscape provides an air of relaxation and freedom that perfectly complements the subject of this color lithograph by the Nabis artist Vuillard. There is a quiet humor in this procession across summer fields. Vuillard’s seemingly shapeless blots of color are instantly recognizable not only as figures but as characters. The woman in a striped dress keeps a firm hold on her child, as though restraining him from running through the field, and a man in green turns and leans
with the proper combination of intimacy and formality to engage with the couple behind him. Both Vuillard and Ker Xavier Roussel (also in this gallery) were members of a small group of young artists active at the end of the 19th century known as the Nabis. Their name derives from the Hebrew word for prophets, which is indicative of the mystical and oracular nature of their work.
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