1865 Lausanne – 1925 Paris
At the age of 17 Félix Vallotton left his hometown Lausanne and moved to Paris to study at the private art school Académie Julian. His first steps as a young artist were in painting, with which he introduced himself to the public in the Paris Salon for the first time in 1885, earning an enthusiastic response. Vallotton’s teacher, Jules Lefebvre, was a great supporter for the first few years. In 1888, when his father was no longer able to send his son monthly money, Vallotton began selling graphic sheets, writing exhibition reviews and obituaries for newspapers, as well as taking a job as a restorer. Nevertheless, Vallotton was not doing well financially. These troubles, coupled with the stressful city life, eventually lead to psychological and physical suffering.