Édouard Vuillard (1868–1940), who, alongside his friends Pierre Bonnard and Félix Vallotton, was among the most audacious precursors of the avantgarde in fin-de-siècle Paris, is closely connected to the villa set in the park at 21 Aeschengraben. After the First World War, the villa had passed into the hands of the Basel entrepreneur, Camille Bauer and his wife, Maria Bauer-Judlin of Colmar. The Bauers’ extensive remodeling of the late neoclassical villa culminated in the installation of the cycle of paintings that they commissioned Vuillard to paint for the vestibule in 1921–22. The four wall paintings showing interior views of galleries in the Louvre and in the Musée des Arts Décoratifs in Paris read like a panorama of the development of art through the millennia from Antiquity to French Rococopainting. The two overdoors or sopraporte turn the spotlight on the artist’s own art collection.
Édouard Vuillard’s Au Louvre cycle is remarkable as much for its outstanding artistic quality as for the richness of its content. Yet neither scholars nor the art-loving public has paid it more than scant attention to date. Art Forum Baloise Park is proud to be furthering the rediscovery of this unique cycle of paintings a century after its creation. The exhibition is accompanied by a publication published by Hirmer.
Guided tours through the exhibition, at 12:30 pm:
Tuesday 9.11.21 with Bodo Vischer, Art historian;
Tuesday 7.12.21 with Thomas Lochman, Curator Permanent Collection, Antikenmuseum Basel;
Tuesday 18.1.22 with Martin Schwander, Curator and fine art advisor for Baloise.
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