Photograph of Dr Francesca Berry

Leading French modernist Édouard Vuillard painted his mother more than 500 times – a preoccupation explored in this season’s major exhibition at the Barber Institute.

Curated by Dr Francesca Berry, Senior Lecturer in the Department of Art History, Curating and Visual Studies, Maman: Vuillard and Madame Vuillard (19 October 2018 to 20 January 2019) focuses on Vuillard’s fascination with his mother’s roles as care-giver and housewife, artisan and businesswoman. The pair shared Paris apartments throughout his career, Vuillard operating a bedroom-studio while his mother ran her dressmaking business from the dining room.

The exhibition – already featured extensively in the Daily Telegraph, Observer and Financial Times – includes dazzling paintings, prints and photographs from collections in the UK and France, including Tate, the British Museum, the Musée d’Orsay, the Picasso Museum and the Archives Vuillard in Paris.

A catalogue, Maman: Vuillard and Madame Vuillard, written by Francesca and Mathias Chivot (Director of the Archives Vuillard, Paris) is published by Paul Holberton Publishing to accompany the exhibition.