Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet

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Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet

Royal Academy of Arts, London

Until 29 September 2019

Hats off to the Royal Academy of Arts for showcasing the accomplished, eerie and highly original work of Félix Vallotton. Revered in his native Switzerland but little known elsewhere, this is the first extensive exhibition of his work in the UK since 1976. The precocious Vallotton moved to Paris in the 1880s, aged 16. He fell in with Vuillard and Bonnard, before finding fame for his satirical woodcuts – voyeuristic vignettes of Parisian bourgeois life filled with sexual tension. But there is also so much more to his work – cool, hard-edged nudes, startling half-dreamt, half-remembered landscapes and polished still lifes.

Félix Vallotton – The Lie (Le Mensonge), 1897 © The Baltimore Museum of Art

Félix Vallotton – Self-portrait at the Age of Twenty, 1885 © Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne

Félix Vallotton – Intimacies V: Money, 1898 © Musées d’art et d’histoire

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