*Event cancelled due to omicron, to be rescheduled* You are cordially invited to join Evenings with an Author (in-person and online) to discuss Venus Betrayed: The Private World of Édouard Vuillard with art biographer Julia Frey and art historian Beverly Held

Edouard Vuillard: Deux ouvrières dans l'atelier de couture 1893
Edouard Vuillard: Deux ouvrières dans l’atelier de couture, 1893

*Please note this event has been cancelled due to omicron and will be rescheduled.

At the American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris, France, on 25 January 2022 from19 h 30  to 20 h 30 .  Registration required. Free and open to the public.

The discussion will be available both online and in person. While the conversation will happen in person (Frey and Held will appear in the Reading Room), the Library will stream the conversation on Zoom for a live viewing experience. Both in-person and online attendees will be able to ask questions, and in-person attendees will receive coupons for a 20% discount on the book, which can be ordered here.

For anyone who can’t attend, the Zoom will be posted on YouTube

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Many have researched Edouard Vuillard, prolific and adventurous 20th-century painter, for his contributions to the avant-garde. But what sets Venus Betrayed, Professor Emeritus and writer Julia Frey’s 2019 study of the artist, apart is its attention to the figure behind the paintings. Indeed, Frey puts Vuillard’s body of work to use as a means to access the interior state of the artist. In this way, instead of a chronology of Vuillard’s life, Frey subtly and deliberately reveals this life through discussion of his relationships with figures ranging from Toulouse-Lautrec to Mallarmé, exposition of the ideas that obsessed him, and consideration of his often-tortured and nebulous artistic process. This newfound access into Vuillard’s private life in turn draws out previously hidden depths from his artistic undertakings.

By carefully reading Vuillard’s unpublished journals and looking to his work with exacting visual analysis, Frey has produced a deeply intimate picture of the artist in life and at work. The result is a refined perspective into both the artist’s masterpieces and unfinished projects, and a striking argument for the relationship between artistic atmosphere and production. The book reinvigorates the genre of biography, infusing new motivations and stakes into the project of reading art through the lens of life.

About the speakers:

Julia Frey, PhD in French literature and culture, is professor emeritus at the University of Colorado. A biographer and memoirist, she is the author of Toulouse-Lautrec: A Life, which received the 1995 Pen Center West Nonfiction Literary Award, and Balcony View: Living at Ground Zero After 9/11. She currently resides in France.

Beverly Held, PhD in History of Art, was the founding director of San Francisco Arts & Humanities Seminars, a non-profit educational organization. Held now writes a weekly newsletter on art exhibitions, collectors, and collections in and around Paris where she spends most of her time running from one exhibition to another.