A Poor Painting from a Good Artist

http://www.artnet.com/PDB/PublicLotDetails.aspx?lot_id=427589529&page=1

Hmm. This not very good 1918 Félix Edouard Vallotton sold yesterday for $2.4 million. This can only be a reflection of the fact that there are so many others really are exceptional.

Vallotton’s starkly reductive woodcut style features large masses of undifferentiated black and areas of unmodulated white. While emphasizing outline and flat patterns, Vallotton generally made no use of the gradations and modeling traditionally produced by hatching. The influences of post-Impressionism,Symbolism and the Japanese woodcut are apparent…

By 1892 he was affiliated with Les Nabis, a group of young artists that included Pierre BonnardKer-Xavier RousselMaurice Denis, and Edouard Vuillard

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