FÉLIX VALLOTTON | ETUDE POUR L'ONDÉE, PL.II (EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE)
2,000 - 4,000 GBP
1865 - 1925
ETUDE POUR L'ONDÉE, PL.II (EXPOSITION UNIVERSELLE)
brush and ink and pencil on paper
signed FV (lower right)
Unframed: 20.2 by 26cm., 8 by 10 1/4 in.
Executed in 1901.
This work is sold unframed
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Executed on cream laid paper and not laid down, the sheet is attached to the mount with one adhesive strip on the right edge. All four edges of the sheet are uneven. There are a number of artist's pinholes to the upper third of the sheet. There is a long horizontal crease towards the upper edge which runs the length of the sheet, most probably as a result of the sheet being folded. There is a possible historic crease or very sensitively repaired tear in the lower right quadrant, which is not visible on the verso. There is some time staining to the sheet, in line with a previous mount. There are some faint creases to the sheet. Overall the work is in good condition.
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Paul Vallotton Estate, Lausanne
The Vallotton Collection (sold: Sotheby's, Zürich, 4th June 1997, lot 147)
Collection Albin Schram, Switzerland (purchased at the above sale)
Thence by descent to the present owners
Maxime Vallotton and Charles Georg, Félix Vallotton, Catalogue raisonné de l'œuvre gravé et lithographié, Geneva, 1972, no. 204, illustrated p. 227
This exceptional ink drawing by Félix Vallotton shows Parisians rushing to shelter from the rain. The composition is part of a series of six drawings, entitled L’Exposition Universelle, depicting scenes from the April 1900 World’s Fair in Paris – the event which enshrined Paris as the cultural epicenter of the world. Typical of Vallotton’s wry view of contemporary society, he punctures the grandeur of the occasion by depicting scenes of prosaic activity. These six sketches were turned into a celebrated series of woodcuts; this image exists in its print form in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Minneapolis Institute of Art.