Valloton and Misia in the Dining Room at Rue Saint-Florentin1899 by Edouard Vuillard

In Misia et Vallotton à Villeneuve, the painter Félix Vallotton can be seen behind Natanson and turned in the opposite direction. Vallotton also had a flirtatious relationship with the pianist. The third character in this intricately contrived drama is Misia’s husband Thadée, co-founder of the literary journal La Revue Blanche. Misia turns her back on Thadée as he converses with Vallotton, implying his diminished place in her emotional world; Vuillard, likewise, has reduced him almost to a non-presence, radically cropping the image so that only a sliver of his form remains visible.
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