Edgar Allan Poe Research Paper

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Born on the 28 of December 1865 in Lausanne, Switzerland, Félix Edouard Vallotton painted more than 300 paintings. One being the popular, iconic figure, Edgar Allan Poe, painted in 1894. Published in the Whetherspoon Art Museum as part of The Claribel and Etta Cone Collection, this was the only captivating portrait that grabbed my attention. This portrait was a normal size, being 6 1/4’ times 4 7/8’ nothing out of the unusual; however, the only two colors are black and white, making it a shadow portrait. American writer Edgar Allan Poe was a literary critic, editor. Poe gained most of his popularity through his short stories, and poetry in the U.S, well known for his macabre and the mystery. Félix made this portrait for Poe for his birthday, on January 19, 1894 as a remembrance of the darkest poet whom has ever lived. …show more content…

I admire this portrait for its woodcut on paper design, as well as the fact that he often included cats in his paintings, which is quite unorthodox, to say the least. Félix also had friends, Pierre Bonnard, and Edouard Vuillard, who also drew cats in their portraits, but Félix’s works were quite diverse in the since he had only used one color. During the time of Félix, like most other artists, switched to Post-Impressionism; however, Félix isn’t recognized to be either an impressionist or a post –impressionist, rather, in between. Félix left a lot up to the audience, rather than giving a very realistic depiction of art. Holbein, Durer and other Japanese art significantly influenced Félix and his works. His woodcuts consist of a black background with only using white lines to outline his

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