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untitled illustration for Rakkóx der Billionär (Rakkox the Billionaire)
  • Félix Edouard Vallotton
    born: Lausanne, Switzerland ; died: Paris, France
  • untitled illustration for Rakkóx der Billionär (Rakkox the Billionaire), 1900
  • Die Insel (The Island), volume II
  • Where object was made: Germany
  • woodcut
  • Paper Type: laid
  • Image Dimensions Height/Width: 145 x 99 mm
    Image Dimensions Height/Width: 5 11/16 x 3 7/8 in
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 235 x 175 mm
    Sheet/Paper Dimensions: 9 1/4 x 6 7/8 in
  • Gift from the Virginia and Ira Jackson Collection, Houston
  • Not on display
  • 2004.0103.03

The image is divided into three separate registers; the upper and lower registers are smaller, comprising approximately one-sixth each of the full image; the image is surrounded by a thin, black border. The central register features a representation of a sole, very rotund bald man. His formal jacket consists primarily of expanses of solid black with details such as the “v” of a collar and cuffs in white. His pants are made up of a plaid pattern. The man occupies much of the space in the large, center register. In the upper register, are a series of five vertical objects, seemingly the tops of street lamps. They are white with black outlining on a white background. They diminish in height and width from the left side to the right suggesting that they are receding into the distance. In the lower register is a series of four human heads. In the lower right corner beneath the border is printed the page number “181.”