VALLOTTON, Félix
(b. 1865, Lausanne, d. 1925, Paris)

Interior

1903-04
Oil on cardboard, 62 x 56 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

In creating the series of paintings featuring interiors of his Paris apartment, Vallotton was inspired by seventeenth-century Dutch genre scenes and tried to recreate in modern era a sense of the quiet concentration of domestic life. The constant bustle of the city outside sickened the artist, which explains why this interior is so self-contained, completely cut off from the external world.