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Woman Before a Plaster Relief

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Woman Before a Plaster Relief

Artwork Details

Artist/Maker

Édouard Vuillard
French, 1868–1940

Date

ca. 1900–1904

Medium

Oil on canvas

Accession #

70.33

Dimensions

21 x 27 1/2 inches

Location

On View - Stent Family Wing, Level 2, Gallery 207

Description

The setting of this puzzling scene may represent the artist’s studio, lined as it is with books and adorned with plaster casts of sculptures. (The relief mounted on the back wall is a reproduction of a famous fifth-century marble from the Temple of Nike on the Acropolis in Athens, showing the goddess adjusting her sandal.) The woman—who may or may not be the subject of the painting—could be a model, patron, or visiting friend. Her figure is truncated below the shoulders, as if she herself were a portrait bust, so one can only surmise why she is there and what she might be doing.

Credit

Gift of the Forward Arts Foundation in honor of its founding trustees