FELIX VALLOTTON (Swiss / 1865-1925)

Félix Vallotton was born in Lausanne, which is now home to the Fondation Félix Vallotton. He moved to Paris in 1882 to study under Jules Joseph Lefebvre and Gustave Boulanger at the Académie Julian. In 1891 Félix Vallotton made his first woodcut, an art to which he devoted much of his time for the next decade, inspired by the Japanese ukiyo-e prints that were such a formative influence on the Impressionists, post-Impressionists, and Symbolists. Also in the 1890s Vallotton was a key member of the post-Impressionist alliance known as Les Nabis; he was particularly close to Édouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Maurice Denis. As a printmaker, Félix Vallotton is best-known for his woodcuts, but he also produced some powerful lithographs, in particular the 23 original lithographs in the 1902 Crimes et Châtiments issue of the anarchist journal L'Assiette au Beurre, protesting police brutality and corruption. We have a set of these sought-after lithographs (nos. 56-78 in Valloton & Goerg's catalogue raisonné); this was the only issue of L'Assiette au Beurre illustrated with original lithographs printed on the recto only. We also have an 1889 etching by Félix Vallotton after Jules Breton's Le soir dans un hameau du Finistère (to see this, please go to Breton via the link below). See: Vallotton & Goerg, Félix Vallotton: Catalogue raisonné de l'oeuvre gravé et lithographié, 1953; Ducrey, Félix Vallotton: his life, his techniques, his paintings, 1989; St. James, Vallotton: Graphics, 1991; Newman, Félix Vallotton, 1991; Brodaskaya, Félix Valloton, the Nabis from Switzerland, 1996; Becker & Schadler, Félix Vallotton: Idyll on the Edge, 2007; Ducrey, Vallotton, 2007.

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Selected prints by FELIX VALLOTTON

Portrait of Puvis de
Chavannes, 1899
Wood engraving
Ta mère..., 1902
Salue d'abord..., 1902

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