Painter against Time
The graphic artist, painter and writer Félix Vallotton (Lausanne 1865 – Paris 1925) is not easily classified. Pictures of interiors created at the turn of the 20th century were unprecedented in the history of art. His portraits are unabashed psychogrammes of his sitters. The woodcuts, for which he gained fame at an early age, are scathing interpretations of the lifestyle and ambitions of the affluent bourgeoisie, whose longings and frustrations were all too familiar to the artist.
The understated eroticism and matter-of-fact realism of Vallotton’s often monumental nudes is astonishingly contemporary. Many of Vallotton’s masterpieces are still as provocative aesthetically and psychologically today as they were when they were first came off the easel.
Félix Vallotton – A Dialogue
with Rudolf Koella and Werner Weber
Both the oeuvre and the personality of Félix Vallotton pose many enigmas. This artist and writer eludes psychological classification even though “loneliness” and “detachment” are key words that provide insight into his universe.
The art historian Rudolf Koella and literary scholar Werner Weber are specialists on Vallotton. In a passionate dialogue that is not without humour, they seek answers to the questions that his life and work pose for curious and discerning viewers.