FELIX VALLOTTON, 1865 – 1925, grew up in lausanne, switzerland, in paris he studied art at the academie julian. he admired HOLBEIN, DUERER and INGRES, and painted his first portraits in the academic tradition. during the 1890s he created many woodcuts and established himself as a leader in the revival of woodcut as an artistic medium. especially UKIYO-E prints and the japanese woodcut had a big influence on him. VALLOTTON was closely connected to LES NABIS, a group of young artists, and you can see during that time a stylistic change in his paintings, the avant-garde look combined with his woodcut experience, flat areas of color and simplification of detail. always a prolific artist, by the end of his life VALLOTTON had completed over 1700 paintings and about 200 prints.
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