Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet, Royal Academy - ★★★★☆ - Until September 29, 2019


This informative exhibition can be either a wonderful introduction to, or a delightful reminder of, the importance of this insufficiently appreciated Swiss artist. Although associated with the Nabis, Vallotton had a unique voice. There is always a narrative, explicit or implied. And, there is always a point of view, sardonic, sensualist and sometimes slightly sinister. Whether presenting Parisian society or a still life, the shadow of the artist is always present. From the subtly ironic triptych, Le Bon Marché, to the acidly satiric wood block prints, Initmités, or in his trenchant commentary on bourgeois mores and family life, Vallotton pervades his work. His technique is masterful and the style is his own. This is the first major exhibition of the artist's works in many years and brings together many pieces not seen before in this country. It is moving on to the Metropolitan Museum in New York at the end of September, so don't miss it!

Reviewed by J.C.

 Our Score:  ☆☆☆☆★ 

WHEN, WHERE, GETTING THERE:
Until September 29, 2019
Daily: 10 am - 6 pm (Fri: 10 am - 10 pm)
Royal Academy, Jillian and Arthur M. Sackler Wing of Galleries
Nearest tube: Piccadilly Circus
https://www.royalacademy.org.uk/exhibition/felix-vallotton

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