Félix Vallotton


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Quote, estimation and price of the artist Félix Vallotton

Price of a painting: 53,700 – 2,700,000 €.

Price of a drawing: 190 – 35,700 €.

Estimation of a sculpture: 15,300 – 33,000 €.

Estimation of a print: 50 – 57,000 €

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Félix Vallotton’s training

Félix Vallotton was born in Switzerland in Lausanne on 18 December 1865 and died in Paris on 29 December 1925. After studying in Switzerland where he showed an early taste for painting and the arts in general, he entered the Académie Julian when he was 17 years old.

In 1883, he was awarded fourth place at the School of Fine Arts. He was noticed by some of his teachers such as the painters Jules Lefevre and Gustave Boulanger.

He quickly moved away from academic painting, as can be seen in his portraits, a theme he is particularly fond of. In 1888 he left the Académie Julian. He returns regularly to Switzerland and depicts the landscapes and harbours of his native country.

Félix Vallotton, a multiple artist

In 1891 he was in Paris and devoted himself to woodcutting. He presented his creations at the Salon des Indépendants which allowed him to be admitted into the Nabis group which included personalities such as Sérusier, Vuillard and Bonnard. His engravings are acclaimed by the critics. He also illustrated magazines.

From 1893 onwards, his activity intensified and his painting abandoned the descriptive style that was his to move towards a more synthetic style. He also tried his hand at fashion drawing and wrote articles for magazines such as “Le Courrier Français”. His activity is extremely diversified.

He continued to exhibit with the Nabis, notably at the Vuillard Gallery in 1897. From 1898 onwards, he began a series of interiors. In 1900 he was naturalised as a French citizen. The following year, he travelled to the South of France and presented views of Marseille and Nice at the Salon des Indépendants.

Honouring Félix Vallotton

In 1902, he discovered Normandy and Brittany. During his exhibition at the Vienna Secession, where he presented several paintings, he was applauded by Gustav Klimt and Hodler. In 1908, some of his paintings were bought by the collector Arthur Hahnloser, who participated in the diffusion of his work in Switzerland.

In 1909 he took part in the foundation of the Académie Ranson with Vuillard, Bonnard, Denis and Roussel, where Nabis artists would teach. In Zurich, an exhibition was entirely devoted to him, followed shortly afterwards by another one held in Paris at the Galerie Druet. Eugène Druet became his regular dealer.

In 1914, his brother Paul Vallotton opened a gallery in Lausanne where he honoured Felix with an exhibition. The war inspired several of his paintings. He continues to travel and to represent landscapes and interior scenes. Won over by illness, he dies as a result of a medical operation.

Recognising F. Vallotton’s signature

Like many artists, Félix Vallotton did not sign all of his works. However, you will find below an example of the signatures to give you an idea. Variations of these signatures do exist, do not hesitate to contact one of our experts to formally authenticate a signature.

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