Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Felix Vallotton

Top 10 Most Famous Paintings by Felix Vallotton

Félix Edouard Vallotton was a member of the artistic group known as Les Nabis. He used a cold, realistic style to paint portraiture, landscapes, nudists, still lifes, and other themes. Holbein and Ingres had an impact on his earlier paintings.

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The Bath. Summer Evening by Felix Vallotton

The Bath. Summer Evening by Felix Vallotton

Bathing. Summer evening was initially presented at the Salon des Indépendants in 1893, it drew a storm of critical remarks.

According to critics, this was a parody of such a bourgeoisie and opulent tale of bathing. Their outrage sprang mostly from the fact that the bathers actually were not goddesses or nobility but rather simple modern women.

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The Church of Souain in Sihlouette by Felix Vallotton

The Church of Souain in Sihlouette by Felix Vallotton

When the war started, Vallotton was 48 years old. When he realized he was too old to serve his chosen country, he felt unnecessary to become a French citizen.

After the French victory at Verdun in 1916, Vallotton wrote, "Out of the all the horror rises a perfect nobility; we are becoming truly proud to be on the side of humanity".

He had been deeply affected by the violent action in the media stories coming back from the front lines. He then obtained permission from the French Ministry of Fine Arts to visit the Champagne front in 1917.

He discovered ruined towns and villages there that had once been beautiful. Souain had been the scene of two fights and was now being used to test the French tanks' ability to traverse destroyed terrain.

For Vallotton the hollow ruins of the cathedral stand as a symbol of the senselessness and devastation of the ongoing war. He was inspired to draw what he saw, based on his sketches he painted The Church of Souain in Sihlouette at his studio.

This image of the church is given a chilly detachment by Vallotton.

In actuality, his approach to the topic is more comparable to a background painting for an animated picture than the kind of contemplation on the devastation brought on by conflict that one might anticipate.

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The Fourteenth of July at Etretat by Felix Vallotton

The Fourteenth of July at Etretat by Felix Vallotton

The Fourteenth of July at Etretat depicts a group of men who appear to be getting ready to set sail or docking their boat and getting their goods out of the small boat. In front of the boat, we see the French flag hanging high. 

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The White and the Black by Felix Vallotton

The White and the Black by Felix Vallotton

The black woman looks at her white partner and appears to be thinking about something as she smokes her cigarette. While the nude woman is in bed asleep with a relaxed posture.  

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Woman with maid bathing by Felix Vallotton

Woman with maid bathing by Felix Vallotton

The pale woman appears to be afraid to get into the water and her hand is held by the tanned woman. 

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Mr Ursenbach by Felix Vallotton

Mr Ursenbach by Félix Vallotton

Portraiture shows Ursenbach slumped upright in his chair. He has a harsh expression on his face and doesn't seem to be a man at peace with himself (or, it would appear, with the young artist).

His gaze is focused beyond the frame while his hands rest on his knees. Even if it is produced expertly, the portrait nonetheless stands out.

The painting caused controversy among critics, but it gave a formerly dejected young artist the inspiration he required to start working seriously on his lifetime career.

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The Sick Girl by Felix Vallotton

The Sick Girl by Felix Vallotton

The Sick Girl is a solo piece with the vivid specificity and technical structure of a Dutch Old Master painting.

The sick girl has her back to the spectator and a maid brings her a drink. Gustave Doré's print of a Madonna and Child also sits on the wall inside the painting.  

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Moonlight by Felix Vallotton

Moonlight by Felix Vallotton

The inspiration for this painting, a brilliant, shimmering, and semi-abstract portrayal of moonlight, came from Vallotton's relationship with Les Nabis.

The brilliant full moon and the golden brightness it shines on billowing clouds are reflected in the river that flows over the black terrain. Vallotton seems to be drawing inspiration from the decorating of japoniste displays.

His own woodcut prints, and Les Nabis's notion of portraying inner sentiments brought about by a world beyond observable reality in his minimalist graphic style and beautiful golden designs.

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The Visit by Felix Vallotton

The Visit by Felix Vallotton

Vallotton allows the observer to witness a private moment, perhaps a covert chance encounter between a man and a woman in a Parisian drawing-room, in this lavish domestic scenario.

The home's sharp angles and horizontals give the picture the appearance of a stage set.

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The woman's coat echoes the contours of the plush, velvet-upholstered furnishings, and the man's dark suit casts a sinuous shadow up the wall.

There is an open door to what appears to be an adjacent bed-chamber, indicating the couple's next intentions.

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The Ball by Felix Vallotton

The Ball by Felix Vallotton

One of Vallotton's most well-known pieces, The Ball, was created while he was still close with Les Nabis. In fact, paintings by Bonnard and Vuillard frequently included people in parks, gardens, or other public settings from a birds-eye perspective.

For his interpretation of this theme, Vallotton presents a kid with the blonde hair running.

The two women appear to be standing in the distant backdrop due to their small size, although the image plane is upfront and flat, with the lateral curve of the lake acting as a picture break.

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