Feb 11, 2020

Corn Fields

Corn Fields

1900

Félix Vallotton

(French, 1865–1925)

Oil on board

Unframed: 26.2 x 46.2 cm (10 5/16 x 18 3/16 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.115

Did you know?

In 1892, Vallotton joined a circle of French artists known as The Nabis (Prophets) who emphasized decoration, abstraction, and discrete, intimate emotion in their paintings.

Description

With the change of the century, Vallotton shifted his focus from printmaking to oil painting. Before 1900, the artist concentrated on precisely reproducing the world around him, but as seen in this painting, Vallotton’s work shows hints of ambiguity. The greenery blends together, and the distant horizon is described in simple curves of hills or clouds that fade into the sky.

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