Félix Vallotton

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Royal Academy of Arts
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9.2 X 11.3 X 0.8 inches | 2.4 pounds

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About the Author

Belinda Thomson studied at the University of East Anglia and at the Sorbonne, before taking her MA in art history at the Courtauld Institute. She has curated numerous exhibitions and published books on Gauguin, E´douard Vuillard, postimpressionism, and impressionism.
Philippe Büttner is an art historian and curator of the permanent collection at Kunsthaus Zürich.
Patrick McGuinness is Fellow and Tutor in French at Jesus College, Oxford.


As the first extensive Vallotton show in New York in decades, this exhibition is invaluable, despite its problems. It reintroduces an artist who achieved early greatness in the relatively modest medium of prints and then either failed or declined to follow a single path in painting. His work is a fascinating, frustrating thorn in the side of the modernist ideal of wholeness.--Roberta Smith "New York Times"
Félix Vallotton brought a mordant eye to his scenes of Parisian life.--Brenda Cronin "Wall Street Journal"
[His] paintings often communicate - through a sly glance or a turn away from the viewer - that sense of mystery and drama that gives Vallotton's work its singular quality.--Samuel Reilly "The Economist"
Vallotton's sensibility ... straddled two instincts: the desire to honestly illustrate class rage and the impulse to let images diffuse into abstract emotionality.--Helen Holmes "Observer"
The forgotten master of eerie estrangement...--Jackie Wullschläger "Financial Times"
Vallotton's scenes are almost proverbial in their miniature narratives.--Laura Cumming "Guardian"
If it hadn't been Vallotton, someone else would have done it, with half of Paris high on ukiyo-e woodcuts ever since Japan had been forcibly opened for commerce in the 1850s. But we're lucky it was Vallotton, whose stark black-and-white prints, produced using matrices of soft pearwood, provide a singularly critical look at both private and public life.--Chase Madar "ARTnews"
A grand survey...--Lucy Davies "The Telegraph"
He invites us to invade a fraught private moment, almost always between a man and a woman: a quarrel, a disappointment, an assignation.--Bridget Alsdorf "London Review of Books"
A brilliant pictorial wit, not just sardonic and sharp, as is often remarked, but full of sympathy.... his street scenes are alive with political tension and his interiors poke holes in the moral façade of the bourgeoisie.--Hrag Vartanian "Hyperallergic"
Vallotton's vision is uniquely strange.... there is almost invariably a narrative puzzle at their heart.--Laura Cumming "Observer"
The book provides an excellent introduction to the work of this remarkable designer, including a refreshing collection of his lively prints.--Michael Pearce "MutualArt"