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La Flute (The Flute)
  • Félix Edouard Vallotton
    born: Lausanne, Switzerland ; died: Paris, France
  • La Flute (The Flute), 1896
  • Musical Instruments
  • Where object was made: France
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: wove
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 222 x 178 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 8 3/4 x 7 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 326 x 253 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 12 13/16 x 9 15/16 in
    Mat Dimensions: 19 x 14 in
  • Gift from the Virginia and Ira Jackson Collection, Houston
  • Not on display
  • 2004.0101
Catalogue raisonné

Printed in black ink. Girl or young woman stands in center playing a flute. She is depicted with solid black clothing and shoes with white cuffs revealed at wrists and thin white trim creating a “V” on the bodice. She leans against a bureau with detailed carving, including a leg depicting a partially nude female figure and vegetal forms toward the center of the bureau; handles and keyholes are also depicted. The top of the bureau is white, although partially in shadow. On it sits a lamp with a ruffled shade; the base of the lamp is concealed by the solid white, outlined form of a cat that leans toward the female figure. On the left side of the image from the bottom border to the upper one-third is a white expanse representing floor, above which is a heavy, black horizontal band indicating a floorboard. It is extended diagonally toward the far left and downward to suggest three-dimensionality. Above the floorboard is a solid black expanse indicating a back wall. The face and hands of the girl and the flute are represented in white and stand out on the black background. Beneath the feet of the girl as well as the bureau is a rug with a diamond patterned and linear border. In the lower right corner in a white rectangular appear the words “LA FLUTE.”