FÉLIX VALLOTTON

Quatre baigneurs à Étretat, 1899
Oil on cardboard
27 x 34 cm / 10,6 x 13,3 in
Signed and dated lower left : F. Vallotton ; 99

PROVENANCE

Succession F. Vallotton, Paris.
J. Rodrigues-Henriques, Paris.
Marcel Guérin, Paris, circa 1930.
Daniel Guérin - Sale Paule Cailac, Paris Drouot, June 28th, 1951, n°130.
Vallotton Gallery, Lausanne, n°8572. Label on the back.
Maurice Gilbert, Geneva, 1952.
Private collection - Sale Me Renaud, Drouot, Paris, December 19th, 2001, n°5.


EXHIBITIONS

Félix Vallotton, Paris, 1923, n°31.
Félix Vallotton, 1928, Paris, n°9.
Bonnard, Vuillard et les Nabis : 1888-1903, Musée national d'art moderne, Paris, June 8th - October 2nd 1955, n°169, pl. XIV. Label on the back.
Félix Vallotton, Kunsthaus, Zurich, April 10th - May 30th 1965, n°51.
Vallotton, Palais des beaux-arts, Charleroi, December 17th 1966 - January 15th 1967, n°31. Label on the back.
10th Anniversary Exhibition, Dreamed Chilhoods - Bonnard, the Nabis and the childhood, Mitsubishi Ishigokan Museum, Tokyo, February 15th - Juen 7th 2020 (loan request)
Bonnard, les Nabis et l'enfance, Musée Bonnard, Le Cannet, June 27th - November 1st 2020 (loan request).


BIBLIOGRAPHY

Paul Morand, Bains de mer, Bains de rêve, Éditions La Guilde du Livre / Clairefontaine, Lausanne, 1960, illustrated p.21.
Rudolf Koella, Das Bild der Landschaft im Schaffen von Félix Vallotton, Zurich, 1969, p.107.
Marina Ducrey, Katia Poletti, Félix Vallotton : L'oeuvre peint, Tome II, Fondation Félix Vallotton, Institut suisse pour l'étude de l'art, Lausanne/ Zurich, 5 Continents Editions, Milan, 2005, illustrated under the n°276, p.169.


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BIOGRAPHY

Lausanne 1865 - Neuilly-sur-Seine 1925

Born in Switzerland, Felix Vallotton settled in Paris in 1882 where he enrolled in the Julian Academy. There he studied graphic arts, lithography and wood engraving, which were the techniques he practiced in the early stage of his career. His first artworks were recognizable to their flat and abstract forms as well as vivid colors.
From 1900 onward, Felix Vallotton moved away from engraving towards painting. He mainly represented nudes, still lives, landscapes, indoor scenes and portraits. They were regularly exhibited: in 1909 at Vallotton's first solo exhibition held in Zurich, in 1910 at the Druet Gallery, or in 1913 at New York's Armory Show.
After World War I, Felix Vallotton went back to engraving. His production endured a lack of interest and he died in 1925 of a cancer. Nowadays, his production still fascinates as showed by the exhibition held from October 2019 to January 2020 at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

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