Édouard Vuillard (1868-1940) was born in Paris, and studied at the School of Fine Arts. He began painting in a realistic style, but later he was influenced by the Nabis. They proposed a new method, called “synthesis,” which is based on memory and imagination rather than on direct observation. Vuillard created theatrical scenery and decorative panels for private homes. He also had a large collection of Japanese art, in which he found inspiration.