Title: A Seamstress
Date: 1892
Artist: Edouard Vuillard
French, 1868–1940
Medium: oil on canvas
25 3/8 x 21 1/8 in. (64.5 x 53.7 cm)
framed: 33 1/4 x 28 7/8 x 3 in. (84.5 x 73.3 x 7.6 cm)
Credit Line: Gift of Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr.
Object Number: 78:1975
Current Location: On View, Gallery 217
The subject of a woman sewing comes directly from Edouard Vuillard's own experience in his mother's dressmaking shop where, as a youth, he watched his sister work. In this painting, a seamstress is hunched over her handiwork in quiet concentration, and is surrounded by a profusion of colorful and decorative materials. Placing great emphasis on the composition of the portrayed items, Vuillard flattened out the forms so that they interlock and produce strong patterns.
Signed: l.r., in brown paint: E Vuillard
Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940); his family, by inheritance

c.1950 -
Hector Brame, Paris, France, purchased from the artist's family

- 1953
M. Knoedler & Co., Inc., New York, NY, USA, acquired from Hector Brame [1]

1953 - 1975
Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr., St. Louis, MO, purchased from M. Knoedler & Co., Inc. [2]

1975 -
Saint Louis Art Museum, given by Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr. [3]

The main source for this provenance is the catalogue raisonné on Vuillard [Salomon, Antoine and Cogeval, Guy. "Vuillard - The Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels." New York: Rizzoli International, 2003, vol. I, cat. no. IV-49, p. 256]. Exceptions and other supporting documents are noted.

[1] The Museum's accession records indicate that Knoedler's acquired the picture from Brame, and sold it to Shoenberg on March 13, 1953 [SLAM document files].

[2] Information provided by Sydney M. Shoenberg Sr. also indicates that the painting came from artist's family [SLAM document files].

[3] Minutes of the Acquisitions Committee of the Board of Trustees, Saint Louis Art Museum, November 6, 1975.
Exhibition History
Title: Impressionist Interiors
Date: May 10 – August 10, 2008
Venue: National Gallery of Ireland
Title: A Stitch in Time: Images of Needleworking, 1850–1920
Date: March 21 – June 8, 2008
Venue: Saint Louis Art Museum
Title: The Intimate Interiors of Edouard Vuillard
Date: November 18, 1989 – July 30, 1990
Venue: The Phillips Collection
Venue: Museum of Fine Arts, Houston
Venue: Brooklyn Museum of Art
Publication History
Title: French Impressionist Paintings in Saint Louis Private Collections
Periodical Title: The Connoisseur
Author: Perry T. Rathbone
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