(Swiss French, 1865–1925)
Oil on canvas
Unframed: 22.2 x 27 cm (8 3/4 x 10 5/8 in.)
Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.114
Vallotton is sometimes referred to as a "forgotten" master painter, as his work as a printmaker, designer, art critic, novelist, and playwright detracted from his primary passion of painting.
The hustle and bustle of eager customers in a crowded bistro is captured in this painting. One can almost hear the loud chatter and shouts of orders being called to the busy servers behind the countertop. All in jackets, the men by the bar have rosy cheeks and noses, perhaps from the cold outdoors contrasting the warmth of their drinks.
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