Félix Vallotton – The Bath. Summer Evening (1892-1893)

Vallotton intended ‘The Bath. Summer Evening’ to be a satire of the bourgeoisie idling its days away around a modern day fountain of youth. But behind the thin veil of irony we get a refreshing glimpse of truth — the female body presented in its diverse, non-idealized forms, with all its idiosyncrasies.

Félix Vallotton – The Lie (1897)

Sometimes a painting’s title is a spark of genius, an integral part of the work itself. The artist may use it to shine a light on the meaning of their piece, throwing us a lifeline without which we may have remained ignorant of the art’s full significance. Without its title, The Lie would look like…