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Laziness

A work made of woodcut printed in black on ivory wove paper.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of woodcut printed in black on ivory wove paper.

Date:

1896

Artist:

Félix Edouard Vallotton
French, born Switzerland, 1865-1925

About this artwork

In his lifetime Félix Vallotton was perhaps best known for his elegant woodcuts, which he designed, carved, and used to print inventive compositions of both exterior and interior Parisian life. The woodcut, the oldest printmaking technique in Europe, fell out of favor as an artistic practice by the mid-19th century. However, Vallotton revived the method, welcoming the woodcut’s potential to create pure, simplified forms using contrasts of only black and white to suggest pattern, depth, and shape.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 242

Artist

Félix Edouard Vallotton

Title

Laziness

Origin

France

Date

Made 1896

Medium

Woodcut printed in black on ivory wove paper

Dimensions

177.5 × 222 mm (image); 253 × 326 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1947.454

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