Otto Vautier - Promenade des Maronniers à Nyon, n.d.
Watercolor, charcoal and pencil on paper
90 x 64 cm
Similar to the unbiased and intuitive style of the French artist Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Otto Vautier captures this spontaneous scene on the "Promenade des Marronniers à Nyon" with almost caricature-like lines. An elegantly dressed lady with a feathered hat lifts her child onto a bench; with binoculars in her hand she animates the girl to let her gaze wander over the smoking chimneys of the roofs and the sailing boats on Lac Léman. Vautier always places the female figure and her feminine sensuality at the centre of his artistic work, although here he portrays her not like Lautrec in the frivolous Paris nightlife, but in the glittering light of the Belle Époque.
Otto Adolphe Paul Vautier (* 9.9.1863 Düsseldorf - 13.11.1919 Geneva) studied painting at the Academy of Fine Arts in Munich. There he met Leopold von Kalckreuth and frequented the Dachau artistic circles. During a stay in Paris around 1889 he met the painter Ernest Biéler and accompanied him to the Valais to Savièse and Evolène, where he was concerned with landscape painting around the artists of the so-called school of Savièse. Vautier exhibited in Geneva, Zurich and Paris and was awarded the bronze medal at the World Exhibition in Paris in 1900. From 1901 to 1903 he was president of the Society of Swiss Painters, Sculptors and Architects. In 1906 Vautier finally settled in Geneva and created the murals in the school of Les Pâquis. Between 1915 and 1917, he founded the Groupe du Falot, which placed the sensuality of the female figure at the centre of its artistic work.