Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Le salon des Hessels, Rue de Rivoli 13 7/8 x 22 7/8 in (35.2 x 58.1 cm) (Painted circa 1905)
Lot 6
Edouard Vuillard
(1868-1940)
Le salon des Hessels, Rue de Rivoli 13 7/8 x 22 7/8 in (35.2 x 58.1 cm)
US$ 100,000 - 150,000
£75,000 - 110,000

Impressionist and Modern Art

14 Nov 2017, 17:00 EST

New York

Lot Details
Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Le salon des Hessels, Rue de Rivoli 13 7/8 x 22 7/8 in (35.2 x 58.1 cm) (Painted circa 1905) Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Le salon des Hessels, Rue de Rivoli 13 7/8 x 22 7/8 in (35.2 x 58.1 cm) (Painted circa 1905) Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940) Le salon des Hessels, Rue de Rivoli 13 7/8 x 22 7/8 in (35.2 x 58.1 cm) (Painted circa 1905)
Edouard Vuillard (1868-1940)
Le salon des Hessels, Rue de Rivoli
oil on artist's board laid down on panel
13 7/8 x 22 7/8 in (35.2 x 58.1 cm)
Painted circa 1905

Footnotes

  • Provenance
    Estate of the artist, with associated stamp 'E Vuillard' (lower right).
    Jacques Salomon (purchased from the artist's estate).
    Antoine Salomon (by descent from the above).
    Sam Salz, New York (acquired from the above).
    James Galanos, Los Angeles, California (acquired from the above).

    Literature
    A. Salomon and G. Cogeval, Vuillard, The Inexhaustible Glance: Critical Catalogue of Paintings and Pastels, vol. II, Milan, 2003, no. VII-351 (illustrated p. 714).

    This vibrant painting shows the apartment of Jos and Lucy Hessel on the Rue de Rivoli, one of Vuillard's favorite subjects. Jos Hessel was to be Vuilard's principal dealer, while Lucy was his muse, confidante and mistress for the last forty years of his life.

    This view of their elegant salon was bought from the legendary dealer Sam Salz by the equally legendary couturier James Galanos. Galanos (1924-2016) remains one of the most celebrated names in fashion, whose creations were worn by the likes of Nancy Reagan, Jackie Kennedy, Grace Kelly and others. Ever the aesthete, his refined taste did not end with his designs. His innate sense of elegance and his sophisticated taste were evident in his homes in Palm Springs and the Hollywood Hills. A rare, early painted Peter Voulkos ceramic vase was placed in the entryway next to a life-size Greco-Roman bronze bust reflecting Galanos' Greek heritage. His curatorial sensibility had a penchant for the casual. The deliberate placement of works throughout his homes seem to at times to hint that the works had just been created. Picassos were permanently leant against the wall as if they had just been delivered. A Theophilus Brown painting was placed on an easel as if the artist had just placed the final brush stroke. The formality of the ash wood paneling in his living room - a nod to old world elegance – was balanced by the colorful whimsy of a Midcentury Emerson Woelffer painting. Other moments spoke to his penchant for the eclectic. In one corner was a provocative Richard Avedon portrait of Galanos while this exquisite Vuillard surveyed the host's equally elegant guests in the reception room. A selection from James Galanos' collection will be offered at Bonhams this fall, including in the Made in California: Contemporary Art auction in Los Angeles on October 25.
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