Blonde Nude, Félix Vallotton
Félix Vallotton
Blonde Nude
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Félix Vallotton

Blonde Nude, 1921


Dimensions
116.0 x 89.0 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
2261
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.
Status
Not exhibited

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About the Work

Whore or saint? The woman's religious-looking pose makes us think of the penitent sinner Mary Magdalene, while the aggressive demonstration of her nudity recalls images of Venus or pictures of pin-ups. Vallotton counters the initial impression of "sweetness" by means of deformities, which irritate the viewer. For example, the upper arm is curiously shortened and the upper thighs seem to lack spatial depth. As is customary in Vallotton's nudes, the homogenous overall effect is missing in this picture, too. The artist makes use of the voyeuristic tendencies of the audience. It is a game of illusion and disillusion, whose ambivalence determines the visual experience.

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Basic Information

Title
Blonde Nude
Painter (male)
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Material
Technique

Property and Acquisition

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Collection
Picture Copyright
© Städel Museum, Foto: U. Edelmann
Acquisition
Acquired in 2008, Property of Städelscher Museums-Verein e.V.

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Iconclass

Primary
  • 31AA14(+51) human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure (+ standing)
  • 31AA22621 hair - AA - female human figure
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01.07.2019