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Kunsthaus Zürich

Félix Vallotton

Restoration of the painting «Le bain au soir d’été»

«Le bain au soir d’été» -  «Bathing on a Summer Evening»
Félix Vallotton, 1892
97 x 131 cm
Gottfried Keller Foundation
«Le bain au soir d’été» - «Bathing on a Summer Evening»
Félix Vallotton, 1892
97 x 131 cm
Gottfried Keller Foundation

Vallotton painted «Bathing on a Summer Evening» (1892) for the Salon des Indépendants of 1893. At the time, the caricatured depiction of people bathing in public caused a scandal. Ladies of all ages felt that they had been shown in unflattering poses on the canvas.

Born in Lausanne in 1865, Vallotton married into a wealthy family and is regarded as a master of irony. Society’s double standards, depicted here in greater variety and in more exaggerated form than in any of his other paintings, are as topical today as they were in his lifetime (1865-1925).

The painting was purchased for the Kunsthaus by the Gottfried Keller Foundation in 1965.

Detail of a woman’s head from the top right section of the picture
Detail of a woman’s head from the top right section of the picture

It is now possible to restore the painting, thanks to the generous support of the BNP Paribas Switzerland Foundation.

A long-standing and valued patron of museums, the Foundation is committed to preserving their artistic treasures and making them accessible to the public. As part of its ‘BNP Paribas pour L’Art’ programme, it therefore promotes collection publications by museums as well as the restoration of their masterpieces.

Exhibition in 2014

Once the restoration is complete, the work will be displayed once again at the Kunsthaus Zürich from November 2014. A small publication will detail the restoration itself as well as new findings concerning the painting technique.