• 12 Sep

    The Grand Palais Explores the Paintings of Félix Vallotton

    Some artists, thanks to their versatility and inventiveness, simply cannot be classified within the traditional categories of art. This description perfectly sums up Félix Vallotton, an artist who availed himself of a variety of mediums to express his own very personal style and to push the boundaries of modern art in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

    Split between two centuries, and two different artistic cultures, Vallotton trained with a number of talented post-impressionist artists. Before he reached his 30th birthday, the artist had already attained international fame with his wood engravings. Into this very traditional art form, the young Vallotton injected his sharp sense of irony and cutting wit.

    At the turn of the century, the prodigy turned his attention from engraving to painting. Despite his late start, Vallotton would leave behind quite the legacy as a painter as he created more than 1,700 painted works during his life. At the Grand Palais, a retrospective of Félix Vallotton reveals the artist's evolution through the lens of specific themes.

    These themes include 'lies,' 'the feminine double,' and 'pessimism' — just to name a few. Instead of being placed in chronological order, Vallotton's works are instead organized in these categories for the purpose of the exhibition.

    Guests staying at one of the Sister Hotels Champs-Elysées can see the Vallotton exhibition very easily, as the Grand Palais is located just off of the Avenue des Champs-Elysées. As a result, they can discover many paintings that have rarely been seen before and that have been borrowed from museums in countries across the world, including several European countries and the US.