Felix Vallotton was a daring and provocative painter who made his name in Paris at the turn of the 20th-century.
At this time Paris was the unrivalled capital of the art world. Impressionism and post-impressionism were at their height as the city was being beautified with new boulevards, parks and theatres, and artists were increasingly seen as the leaders of a new avant-garde society.
It was into this world that the 16-year-old Felix Vallotton landed, who started offering up witty woodcuts that sometimes included unsettling observations of domestic and political life. His works were frequently published in the press and came to be regarded as one of the greatest and most distinctive printmakers of his age.
This comprehensive survey of his career will include more than 80 paintings and prints in a range of subjects: from portraits, still-lifes and landscapes, to some of his most bitingly satirical prints.
Craig’s review of Royal Academy of Arts – “You might find this hard to believe if you've read a few of my galley reviews, but I did actually go to art school once. And I really do mean once (I quit on the very first day). After looking around the induction hall I quickly realised that I wasn't cut out to be an art student because you need to smoke dope, have a silly hat or a tattoo or a silver stud in your nos… continued”
Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts – 10 Jun to 13 Aug 2019 – The Royal Academy's Summer Exhibition is the largest open art exhibition in the world, attracting 12,000 entrants
Helene Schjerfbeck at the Royal Academy – 20 Jul to 27 Oct 2019 – The Royal Academy of Arts will be putting on an exhibition of work by the Finnish painter Helene Schjerfbeck
Frank Bowling at Tate Britain – 31 May to 26 Aug 2019 – A major new exhibition at Tate Britain that covers the entire career of abstract painter Frank Bowling from the 1960s to the present day
Natalia Goncharova at the Tate Modern – 6 Jun to 8 Sep 2019 – The Tate Modern will be putting on a major retrospective of the work by Russian avant-garde artist Natalia Goncharova
Cindy Sherman — National Portrait Gallery – 27 Jun to 15 Sep 2019 – A forty-year retrospective of Cindy Sherman's entire career, including her ground-breaking series Untitled Film Stills
Olafur Eliasson at the Tate Modern – 11 Jul 2019 to 5 Jan 2020 – Olafur Eliasson is back at the Tate Modern with some more of his immersive installations that focus on environmental issues
Find more art exhibitions in June
If you enjoy Royal Academy of Arts then you might like to visit Courtauld Gallery (walk it in 20 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Temple), National Gallery (you can walk it 10 mins), National Portrait Gallery (walk it in 12 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Charing Cross), Tate Britain (walk it in 28 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Pimlico) and Wallace Collection (walk it in 18 mins or catch the tube from Piccadilly Circus to Bond Street)
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