Félix Vallotton was born in Lausanne on 28 December 1865.
He was a painter, sculptor, wood engraver, novelist and art critic; Swiss-born, he took French nationality in 1900, earning him the nickname the "Foreign Nabi". The artist set off for Paris to study painting at the Académie Julian, where he met a number of Post-Impressionist artists who inspired him and allowed him to perfect his style. Through his regular exhibitions at the various Salons, Vallotton acquired international fame in just under a decade thanks to the Nabis movement. It was in 1893 that the painter joined this highly select group led by Paul Gauguin; from then on, he devoted himself exclusively to painting, inspired by Van Gogh and Cézanne. Outdoor scenes, nudes and still lifes were a real source of inspiration for Félix Vallotton, as was the First World War, which affected him enormously. This subject, although tragic, resulted in even greater success, which has diminished somewhat over the years, but saw him take his place among the greatest artists of his generation.
Félix Vallotton died in Paris on 29 December 1925.