His name may not be as familiar to you as those of his French contemporaries Pierre Bonnard and Edouard Vuillard, fellow members of the Nabis group, but Swiss-born artist Félix Vallotton (1865–1925) was a highly original artist who chronicled fin-de-siècle Paris, with his darkly suggestive paintings and graphically spare prints, like no other artist of his generation. Now the subject of The Met’s new exhibition—following a three-month engagement at London’s Royal Academy of Arts—Vallotton’s oeuvre is presented anew with the aim of reevaluating his output and legacy.
Nestled within the Museum’s Lehman Wing, Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet, the first U.S. exhibition of his work in nearly 30 years, includes some 80 paintings and prints, which showcase the breadth of his interests and talents. Vallotton is now considered one of the greatest printmakers of his age, something that becomes immediately clear to the visitor upon entering the first gallery of the exhibition, “Printmaking in Paris, 1891–1904.”
Also of note, and a rare treat for lovers of early 20th-century art, are the two side-by-side depictions of American writer and art collector Gertrude Stein, with Vallotton’s 1907 work being shown alongside Picasso’s portrait, from The Met collection.
To complement this riveting exhibition, we have for sale a host of delightful items adapted or reproduced from Vallotton’s original artworks, including postcards, magnets, a tote bag, and a scarf.
Available in-store and online, the exhibition catalogue features engaging essays by leading scholars about his life, work, and reception.