Felix Edward Vallotton is usually considered a Frenchman, but he was born in Switzerland, in Lausanne, on December 28, 1865 into a Protestant family. His father, Arman Adrien, was a notary, and his mother, Louise, nee Rosen, was the daughter of a baker. The family was far from art and literature.
Felix received his primary education at the cantonal gymnasium in Lausanne. And in 1882 his father, noting the 17-year-old’s penchant for drawing, took him to Paris – the then Mecca of the artistic class. Here Felix was originally trained in the ability to make gypsum figurines in one of the many private workshops in Paris. On February 13, 1882, Felix wrote to his parents: “There are about 90 of us students squeezed into a room that is no bigger than the salon in our house.” Felix ate in the neighboring dairy, spending no more than 13 sous for Continue reading