Alexis Vollon (1865-1945)
“Dressing the doll”
Oil on Canvas
66 cm x 46 cm (26″ x 18″)
Alexis Vollon studied under his father Antoine Vollon from 1885. He exhibited in Paris at the Salon Des Artistes Francais and was a hors concours member of his group, a member of the committee and panel of judges. He archived a honourable mention in 1885 and was awarded a third class medal. He was made Chevalier of the Legion d’honneur in 1900 at the Exhibition Universelle.
Vollon deserved greater public recognition around the time of the impressionists as his subject matter chiefly genre scenes, figures and landscapes, especially were similar to that school of painting. His landscape notably those of the seine in Paris e.g. the seine at the pont desists-Peres and the seine at the pont Alexandre III have an indisputable atmospheric quality.
One of his outstanding themes was material tenderness, which eventually made him, an outstanding painter. His work was in demand to the point he became an engraver specialising in the favoured etching technique to satisfy the demand for his domestic studies of mothers and children. The mother and daughter dressing the doll together, fabric to the left of the painting being used deftly draped, the warmth of the family home and tenderness of the mother. No doubt the mother teaching the daughter how to sew and make the dress for her new doll. The soft skin of the figures illustrates the amazing quality that Vollon is able to execute in this fine work. Interestingly the frame is the original one selected for this painting, a fine example of Bar bison framing period of the late 19th century. His works hang in the museums of Dignd-les Bains Montpellier and Paris.