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‘Vallotton: Fire Beneath the Ice’

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo

by Daisuke Kikuchi

Staff Writer

In 1914, Swiss artist Felix Vallotton (1865-1925) was rejected by the French army because of his age. Unable to fight, he chose to express his feelings about World War I in what became one of his most-famous works, the wood-print series “This is War.” Vallotton’s paintings often had similar dark and deep themes, which contrasted with his use of bright colors and symbolism.

For this exhibition that explores Vallotton’s somber side, the Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum has chosen 60 paintings that depict themes of eros, adultery, mythology and war; June 14-Sept. 23.

Mitsubishi Ichigokan Museum, Tokyo; 2-6-2 Marunouchi, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo. Nijubashimae Stn. 10 a.m.-6 p.m. (Fri. except holidays till 8 p.m.). ¥1,600. Closed Mon. 03-5777-8600; www.mimt.jp/english