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Exhibitions/ Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet

At The Met Fifth Avenue
October 29, 2019–January 26, 2020

Exhibition Catalogue

This lavishly illustrated volume explores the artist's life, work, and reception.

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Exhibition Overview

Félix Vallotton: Painter of Disquiet presents pivotal moments in the artist's career as a painter and printmaker. Painted portraits, luminous landscapes, and interior narratives that pulse with psychological tension join the exhibition from more than two dozen lenders. Swiss-born and Paris-educated, Vallotton (1865–1925) created lasting imagery of fin-de-siècle Paris.

Witness to the radical aesthetics that gripped Paris in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Vallotton developed his own singular voice. Today we recognize him as a distinctive artist of his generation. His lampooning wit, subversive satire, and wry humor is apparent everywhere in his artistic production. Vallotton's trenchant woodcuts of the 1890s solidified his reputation as a printmaker of the first rank while boldly messaging his left-wing politics.

For the first time ever, this exhibition displays Picasso's legendary portrait of Gertrude Stein, from The Met collection, alongside Vallotton's rendering of this formidable collector, which was painted a year later. Vallotton finished his portrait in a matter of weeks and gave it to Gertrude Stein.

Accompanied by a catalogue.


"A fascinating, frustrating thorn in the side of the modernist ideal of wholeness." —New York Times

"One of the pure, unadulterated delights of this year's museum season." —Washington Post

"Extract[s] maximum drama . . . with biting wit, a sense of the ridiculousness of the bourgeoisie, and an exacting social conscience." —Wall Street Journal

"A must to see." —ARTS-NY

The exhibition is made possible by the Janice H. Levin Fund, The Florence Gould Foundation, and the Robert Lehman Foundation.

Additional support is provided by the Marlene and Spencer Hays Foundation and the Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia.

It is organized by The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in collaboration with Fondation Félix Vallotton, Lausanne.

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Exhibition Objects

Picasso and Vallotton's Portraits of Gertrude Stein

A realistic portrait of Gertrude Stein, a large woman seated with her hands in her lap, wearing a brown dress and a pin

Vallotton completed his portrait of the extraordinary poet, collector, and salonnière Gertrude Stein shortly after Pablo Picasso completed his. This exhibition reunites the two paintings under the same roof for the first time since 1926. Read now.

Marquee: Félix Vallotton (Swiss, 1865–1925). The Visit (detail), 1899. Gouache on cardboard, 21 7/8 x 34 1/4 in. (55.5 x 87 cm). Kunsthaus Zürich. Acquired 1909, © Kunsthaus Zürich. Stein: Félix Vallotton (Swiss, 1865–1925). Gertrude Stein (detail), 1907. Oil on canvas, 39 1/2 x 32 in. (100.3 x 81.3 cm). The Baltimore Museum of Art, The Cone Collection, formed by Dr. Claribel Cone and Miss Etta Cone of Baltimore, Maryland (BMA 1950.300). Photograph © Mitro Hood