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Félix Vallotton, On the Beach, 1899, private collection, Switzerland
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“Snapshot”

POST-IMPRESSIONIST PICTURE THEORY
by Emily Nathan

It’s a history not often told -- that of late-19th-century artists using the camera as amateur enthusiasts, taking photos of their family, friends and travels, rather than to produce studies for their paintings. Such is the scope of “Snapshot: Painters and Photography, Bonnard to Vuillard,” an exhibition inspired by curator Elizabeth W. Easton’s discovery, 20 years ago, of never-before-seen photos in the archives of the French painter Edouard Vuillard.

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