Etude Des Fesses1884 by Felix Edouard Vallotton

"About 19 when he painted this with striking realism; he didn’t idealise his model. I love that the most detailed parts are the skin folds of the wrist and thumb on the very edge of the painting.
Appalled to learn his contemporaries-like ours-were disturbed by those small imperfections (hints of cellulite, stretch marks, flab, etc.) that make this study jump at you, seduce you. Pure beauty is cold and Valloton knew it. [Edited for brevity].
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Dimensions (h/w/d): 15 18 (38 46)
Location: Private collection