Jean-Édouard Vuillard was born on November 11, 1868, in Cuiseaux (east-central France). His family moved to Paris when he was just a lad and he attended one of the best lycées in France on a scholarship. Vuillard left school to study art and he was ultimately accepted at the École des Beaux-Arts. He became associated with the Nabis, a group of Post-Impressionist avant-garde artists who took their inspiration from Paul Gauguin. He was employed by a theatre as a set and program designer. Vuillard made the acquaintance of the Natanson brothers who founded La Revue Blanche, and their circle, including Misia, and began to draw for them.
Vuillard lived with his mother until he was 60. The influence of her eye as a dressmaker is seen in his favorite subjects, domestic interiors. Later in his career, he turned to portraiture. He died on June 21, 1940 while staying at La Baule, one of France’s most elegant seaside resorts.
Today’s expression, sur le plan intérieur (sir luh plahn in-tare-e-ur), means “on the domestic front.” Vuillard’s homey scenes are definitely my favorites.