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Felix Vallotton  (1865 – 1925)
 
Felix Vallotton was born in Lausanne on  December  28th, 1865. At the age of seventeen, he left for Paris to learn painting at the well-known Academy Julian, where many famous post-impressionist artists went studied in the late 19th C.
 

"Femmes Nues aux chats " 1898 
 
Within ten years the young Swiss artist succeeded in making has name in avant-garde Paris and internationally as well where his modernist infused woodcuts and black-and-white illustrations generated much interest. From 1899 onwards Vallotto devoted himself essentially to painting which he regularly exhibited in Paris and in Switzerland as well have as in the best known international exhibitions.
 

 "Baigneuse" 1916
 
With dedicated application Vallotton searched for new ways of expression which he found at the onset of WW1.  Although deeply affected by the  events of the war, Vallotton did find new sources of inspiration that would eventually led him to the margin of abstraction. Vallotton's artistic success returned with the restoration of peace. Unfortunately, the artist's premature death on  the 29th of December 1925 prevented him from further enjoying it.
 

"Autoportrait à la robe de chambre" 1914
 
Vallotton dealt with all standard of painting: still lifes, portraits, interiors, figures, nudes, landscapes and broad mythological  and allegorical scenes. Before the war Vallotton had already achieved recognition for his mastery of nudes and figures. Subsequently, his "composed landscapes", recreated from memory in his studio, were met with growing interest. Many were the sources which inspired his landscapes: Switzerland and in particular the area around Lake Leman where Vallotton returned regularly for holidays; the surroundings of Honfleur, his Summer residence from 1909 onwards, as well as many other areas of France; also Italy which Vallotton regularly visited, and Russia where he stayed in 1913.
 

Ah! La Pe...Lape...La Pepiniere!!! Revue, 1897
 
Felix Vallotton's work is widely diversified and includes at least 200 engravings, innumerable drawings, some 1700 paintings, a few sculptures, as well as writings including three novels, several plays, essays and art criticism.
 
text taken from The Felix Vallotton Foundation website: