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Félix Vallotton

(1865 - 1925)

Biography

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Félix Vallotton was born on December 28, 1865, in Lausanne, Switzerland, into a well-to-do middle-class family. At the age of seventeen, he came to Paris to enter the Académie Julian. He began his artistic career by painting portraits, one of which was exhibited at the 1885 semi-official Salon des Artistes Français, and then turned to interior scenes. It was during this period that Vallotton developed his own manner of painting: he worked with small, precise strokes, carefully rendering every detail and creating a smooth canvas surface. This is precisely why he is regarded as one of the precursors of the so-called Neue Sachlichkeit ("new objectivity") movement, which originated in the 1920s.

Vallotton first tried his hand at etching in 1897 and subsequently produced a large number of wood engravings, quickly winning renown as a graphic artist. He contributed to many magazines, including the Revue Blanche, Le Rire and L'Assiette au Beurre, and designed posters.

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Félix Vallotton. Bathing on a Summer Evening/Le Bain au soir d'été. Bathing on a Summer Evening/Le Bain au soir d'été. 1892-93. Oil on canvas. 97 x 131 cm. Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. The Waltz/La Valse. The Waltz/La Valse. 1893. Oil on canvas. 60.5 x 50 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. The Manifistation/ La Manifestation. The Manifistation/ La Manifestation. 1893. Woodcut. 20.3 x 32 cm. Bibliotheque Nationale de France, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. The Third Gallery at the Theatre du Chalet/Troisième Galerie au Châtelet. The Third Gallery at the Theatre du Chalet/Troisième Galerie au Châtelet. 1894. Oil on cardbord glued on wood. 50 x 62 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. In the Street: Woman with Muff. /Dans la rue: Femme au manchon. In the Street: Woman with Muff. /Dans la rue: Femme au manchon. 1895. Oil on cardboard. 38 x 17.5 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Luxembourg Garden/Jardin du Luxembourg. Luxembourg Garden/Jardin du Luxembourg. 1895. Oil on canvas. 54 x 73 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Moonlight/Clair de lune. Moonlight/Clair de lune. c.1895. Oil on canvas. 27 x 41 cm. Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Passers-By/Les Passants. Passers-By/Les Passants. 1895. Detrempe sur carton. 33.2 x 46 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Street Scene/Scène de rue. Street Scene/Scène de rue. 1895. China ink, colored pencils and watercolor. 24 x 38 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. The Beautiful Sunday/Le Beau Dimanche. The Beautiful Sunday/Le Beau Dimanche. 1895. Illustration for Le Rire, April 13, 1895. 22.5 x 30.5 cm. China ink on paper. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Félix Fénéon Editing La Revue Blanche/Félix Fénéon à La Revue blanche. Félix Fénéon Editing La Revue Blanche/Félix Fénéon à La Revue blanche. 1896. Oil on cardboard. 52.5 x 65 cm. Private collection. . Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Lady and Her Maid/La Maîtresse et la Servante. Lady and Her Maid/La Maîtresse et la Servante. 1896. Oil on cardboard. 52 x 66 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Women at Their Toilet/Femmes à leur toilette. Women at Their Toilet/Femmes à leur toilette. 1897. Oil on cardboard. 48 x 58 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Naked Women Playing Checkers/Femmes nues jouant aux dames. Naked Women Playing Checkers/Femmes nues jouant aux dames. 1897. Oil on wood. 25.5 x 52.5 cm. Musee d'Art et d'Histoire, Geneva, Switzerland. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Misia at Her Dressing Table/Misia à sa coiffeuse. Misia at Her Dressing Table/Misia à sa coiffeuse. 1898. Tempera on cardboard. 35 x 27 cm. Private collection. . Read Note. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Intimacy: Couple in Interior /Intimité: Couple dans un intérieur. Intimacy: Couple in Interior /Intimité: Couple dans un intérieur. 1898. Tempera on cardboard. 35 x 57 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. The Visit/La Visite. The Visit/La Visite. 1899. Tempera on cardboard. 55.5 x 87 cm. Kunsthaus, Zurich, Switzerland. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. On the Beach/Sur la plage. On the Beach/Sur la plage. 1899. Oil on cardboard glued on wood. 42 x 48 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
Félix Vallotton. Washerwomen on Etretat/Laveuses à Etretat. Washerwomen on Etretat/Laveuses à Etretat. 1899. Oil on cardboard mounted on wood. 39 x 50.5 cm. Private collection. Order a Poster or Print
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