The Library (1910-1911). Édouard Vuillard (French, 1868-1940). Tempera on canvas. Musée d’Orsay.
The thirteen-foot-tall panel known as The Library is perhaps Vuillard’s most enigmatic and least-appreciated work. Represented are two groups of people, seated and talking next to several bookcases in which the books are visible, in front of a tripartite wall hanging representing Adam and Eve.