Thursday, June 23, 2016

Black Images in European Art: Félix Vallotton

In 2013, I wrote a blog post about Aïcha Goblet, the black French model who was a close companion of Jules Pascin in the heyday of Montparnasse.

While recently looking for additional information about her, I came across this stunning portrait of her by Félix Vallotton.

Aïcha
Felix Vallotton
(1922) oil on canvas
Private collection

I found two additional works by Vallotton that depict black women:

African Woman
Felix Vallotton
(1910) oil on canvas
Musée d'Art Moderne de Troyes

La Blanche et la Noire
Felix Vallotton
(1913) oil on canvas
Villa Flora - Winterthur

La Blanche et la Noire is reminiscent of Manet's Olympia.

Vallotton was born in Switzerland and naturalized French. A painter and a woodcutter, he was affiliated with artists of the Nabis movement. He died in 1925 and is buried in Montparnasse cemetery.

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1 comment:

Richard Ewen said...

Thank you for reminding me about the Nabis group. Thanks to the internet, there are many images of Valloton's work. His simple smooth color areas are very pleasing too view.