The Bath by Félix Vallotton - 1894 - 21.6 x 25.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art The Bath by Félix Vallotton - 1894 - 21.6 x 25.4 cm Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Bath

Woodcut on cream wove paper • 21.6 x 25.4 cm
  • Félix Vallotton - December 28, 1865 - December 29, 1925 Félix Vallotton 1894

It's time to start this New Year with a woodcut from one of my favorite artists—Félix Vallotton!

This artwork is considered one of the most iconic examples of Vallotton's mastery of the woodcut technique and his unique approach to depicting everyday life. In The Bath, Vallotton explores the theme of intimate domesticity. The woodcut features a woman in a bathtub, with her back to the viewer. She appears to be submerged in water, and her pose is one of relaxation and solitude. What sets this woodcut apart is its minimalism and starkness. Vallotton employed a highly contrasted black-and-white palette, using deep blacks and bright whites to create a bold and graphic composition.

This woodcut is also a departure from traditional representations of the female nude in art. Rather than focusing on sensuality or idealized beauty, Vallotton's woodcut captures a moment of quiet introspection and self-care. The woman's back is turned to the viewer, emphasizing her privacy and the personal nature of the scene. This departure from conventional nude depictions aligns with Vallotton's overall exploration of the complexities of human relationships and emotions.

We hope you had a good last day of 2023 ... and an even better first day of 2024!  :)  Starting with a bath sounds like an excellent idea!  Happy New Year, everyone!  :)

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P.P.S. Félix Vallotton was famous for his black and white prints, which showcased his unique style. Explore Vallotton's amazing woodcuts