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Royal Academy of Arts presents Swiss artist Félix Vallotton

(People's Daily Online)    13:29, July 01, 2019

Félix Vallotton Painter of Disquiet (photo by Tianxing Bai)

In June 2019, the Royal Academy of Arts in London will showcase paintings and prints by Swiss artist Félix Vallotton (1865–1925). It marks the first exhibition of the artist’s work in the U.K. since 1976. Much admired in his homeland of Switzerland, Vallotton remains relatively unknown elsewhere. The exhibition will serve as a rare opportunity to discover the highly original and innovative work of this often overlooked artist.

 

Félix Vallotton Painter of Disquiet (photo by Tianxing Bai)

Comprising of around 100 works from public and private collections across Europe and the U.S., the exhibition will demonstrate the intensity of Vallotton’s unique vision by bringing together outstanding examples from every period of the artist’s career. A sense of disquiet runs through much of Vallotton’s oeuvre, and as such the legacy of his vision has found echoes in later twentieth-century art; in the German New Objectivity Movement of the 1920s, in the American painter Edward Hopper’s studies in alienation, and perhaps even in the films of Fritz Lang and Alfred Hitchcock.

Félix Vallotton Painter of Disquiet (photo by Tianxing Bai)

The first thematic section of the exhibition will present Vallotton’s work from the 1880s, following his arrival in Paris at the age of sixteen. The second section will bring together work from a period of radical development for Vallotton.

Vallotton distinguished himself as one of the great printmakers of his age. Simple in design and bold in their use of black, his woodcuts provide sharply reductive imagery, owing in part to Japanese woodblock printing. A section will focus on paintings and prints produced during the First World War, an event that profoundly affected the artist.

Félix Vallotton Painter of Disquiet (photo by Tianxing Bai)

The exhibition will conclude with a survey of Vallotton’s landscapes and still-life paintings. This selection includes the artist’s remarkable paysages composés, landscapes based on memory and imagination.

Museums and private collectors in Switzerland loaned the majority of the pieces displayed in the exhibition. (Tianxing Bai)

Félix Vallotton Painter of Disquiet (photo by Tianxing Bai)

Félix Vallotton Painter of Disquiet (photo by Tianxing Bai)

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