Vuillard at the Royal Academy

From: Skull
Category: Exhibitions
Date: 30 January 2004


His early stuff of domestic interiors has great movement, portrait of his mother and sister is a highlight, looks like he's captured their ghosts. The semi-pointillist wall paper and patterns give a lot of verve. The stitich is also good, a little Vermeerish.

Overall this show is a bit boring. His later work sort of looks old fashioned even for its time. Only the decorative paintings with their overload of patchy colour, like camouflage, really dazzle the optic nerves. There is a big one which a riot of purples, reds, and greens. It's great.

I'm sure the British public will lap up another minor post-impressionist, but they'd be better off chewing on Guston.