Félix Vallotton was painter and printmaker born in Lousanne, Switzerland. Vallotton moved to France to study art at Académie Julian where he became associated with Les Nabis. While Vallotton was an extremely skilled painter, his eye catching woodcut prints are what set him aside from his contemporaries.
L’Irréparable, woodcut series Les Intimités. 1898
Vallotton’s major breakthrough came at the Salon des Independants in 1893, exhibiting his painting The Bath, Summer Evening. While his earlier work was more academic, Vallotton developed his own style, sometimes referred to as post-Nabis. Vallotton’s graphic prints were widely published in books and magazines, including the Revue Blanche. His bold woodcut aesthetic inspired the work Edvard Munch and Aubrey Beardsley. Vallotton’s mid-career work depicted scenes of Parisian life, interiors and portraits.
Portrait of writer Paul Adam. woodcut from “Livres des masques” vol 1. 1986.
Léon Blum. Woodbut. 1900. La Revue Blanche .
La Charge. 1893. Woodcut
La Raison probante, woodcut series Intimitiés. 1898
Vallotton spent the remainder of his life in Paris, eventually gaining French citizenship. His interest shifted to landscape painting, as he travelled to the countryside to draw and paint. He also wrote several plays and novels in his later years. A few years before his death, his brother opened a gallery in his birth town, Lausanne.