Date of Birth: 11/11/1868
Jean-Edouard Vuillard, was a French artist who was a major post-Impressionist in the 1890s, as well as a participant in the renewal of decorative art before and after 1900. Born at Cuiseaux, the son of a retired army officer, he moved with his family to Paris in 1877. Following the death of his father, Vuillard refused a military career and became a student at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in 1886. Vuillard became one of the central figures of "Les Nabis" ("Nabi" means "prophet" in Arabic and Hebrew), a group of Parisian avant-garde artists whose members included Pierre Bonnard and Flix Vallotton. Within the group, Vuillard produced some of his best-known work - provocative paintings of middle-class interiors and contributions to avant-garde theatre including stage scenery. He also worked steadily through his post-Nabi years, from 1900 until his death in 1940. He produced commissioned decorations or "apartment frescoes" and a number of commissioned portraits. He went on to experiment increasingly with abstraction and powerful colour.