Craig Raine

Keeping it real | 4 July 2019

An ultra-competent default realism constantly reclaims the painter whenever he starts to experiment

Félix Vallotton (1865–1925) was a member of the Nabis (the Prophets), a problematically loose agglomeration of painters, inspired by Gauguin and Émile Bernard, the school of Pont-Aven. Broadly speaking, this entailed an alleged allegiance to spirituality and anti-naturalistic flat colour.

The Nabis — a secret group moniker —were heterogeneous, a broad church that seldom sang from the same hymn sheet.

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