Invited by Maurice Denis in 1889 to join the confrérie des Nabis, a group of young artists that sought to break away radically from academic conventions, Edouard Vuillard (1868 - 1940) nevertheless developed a quite personal and refined style. Furthermore, Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard (another member of the group) shared a studio in the early 1890s, and their mutual influence during this period in particular is remarkable.
Around 1891, he first began learning lithography and
over the years produced some 60 lithographs, regularly treating only a
few specific themes, notably landscapes depicting everyday scenes of
city life, or intimate views of cozy interiors with his immediate
circle. In the Ancourt workshop (where Bonnard worked at the time, as well as Tououse-Lautrec), Vuillard perfected his technique in the then-novel field of colour lithography.
Soon noticed by Ambroise Vollard, the famous art dealer, Vuillard was soon commissioned
to produce a number of large-format colour lithographs, which were
published in two albums. Although relatively unsuccessful at
first, Vuillard's lithographs are today acclaimed as some of the most creative
printmaking of the turn of the century.
Le Jardin des Tuileries