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Le Bon Marché (The Bon Marché Department Store)

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Félix Vallotton, Le Bon Marché (The Bon Marché Department Store), 1893, woodcut on wove paper, Museum Purchase: Funds from the Graphic Arts Council and James and Diane Burke in honor of Emma-Jane Howard, public domain, 2012.105.1

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Title

Le Bon Marché (The Bon Marché Department Store)

Artist

Félix Vallotton (Swiss, 1865-1925)

Date

1893

Medium

woodcut on wove paper

Edition

edition of ca. 50

Catalogue Raisonné

Vallotton-Goerg 116a/d

Dimensions (H x W x D)

image: 7 15/16 in x 10 1/4 in; sheet: 9 3/16 in x 13 1/16 in

Inscriptions & Markings

signature: fVallotton, graphite, below image, lower right corner

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

relief print

Culture

Swiss

Credit Line

Museum Purchase: Funds from the Graphic Arts Council and James and Diane Burke in honor of Emma-Jane Howard

Accession Number

2012.105.1

Copyright

public domain

Terms

department stores

relief printing

relief prints

woodcut

wove paper

Description

Swiss-born Félix Vallotton had a major impact on the woodcut revival in fin-de-siècle Paris. His witty scenes of everyday life in Paris are immediately recognizable, with their stark contours and playful and elegant line. In this sheet, the first by Vallotton to enter the Museum's collection, women pore through the fabric department at the Bon Marché, the first department store in Paris. Vallotton expertly captured the flirtatious interplay between the shopping women and the solicitous salesmen, who lay out yards for the women to inspect.

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