At the beginning of the twentieth century the ‘Domestic Interior’ became a popular subject matter for artists.
The artist Edouard Vuilliard frequently used friends as his models and painted them in their homes. He used the home as a setting for his painting and surrounded the models with their belongings to give us clues about their life and personality. Vuilliard said, ‘I don’t make portraits; I paint people in their homes.’
If you could talk to the girl in the painting, what would you ask her? What objects surround her? What does the room and furniture tell us about her life? What could her body and facial expressions tell us about her personality?
If you had to make an image of yourself at home, which room would you choose? Think about what it looks like. What belongings would you surround yourself with and how would you pose to represent your personality and the things you like?