Félix Vallotton was born in 1865 in Lausanne. At the age of seventeen he went to Paris to study at the Académie Julian. During the next ten years Vallotton made a name for himself with his woodcuts and black and white illustrations. After 1899 he devoted himself exclusively to painting, exhibiting regularly in Paris and Switzerland as well as in the best-known international exhibitions.
Deeply affected by the events of WWI, Vallotton was lead to the margin of abstraction. He enjoyed a renewed success after the war, however briefly, as he died in 1925.
Vallotton’s works include more than 200 engravings, some 1700 paintings, enumerable drawings and a few sculptures. He also penned three novels and several plays and essays.