About Annie Vallotton, Don and Pat Griggs, and how the illustrations found a home at Rotation.org
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Usage and Copyright
The color and grayscale versions of Annie's work are being shared with Supporting Members of Rotation.org for their local congregational use in worship, teaching, and communicating within the congregation. All other usage and rights are reserved.
All images in the Griggs-Vallotton Collection here at Rotation.org are the copyrighted property of Don and Pat Griggs who originally commissioned them from Annie Vallotton for a published teaching resource.
The images may not be shared on the internet or otherwise be digitally transmitted or published without the express written consent of Don and Pat Griggs. Contact email@example.com for more information.
The smaller and lower-resolution versions of the illustrations published in our public lesson forums may be freely shared.
Help Saving/Copying the Images
- Click the image you want to save so that it opens full size in your browser. (Supporting Members will see the larger version of the image when they do this in the Collection.)
- Then RIGHT click the image and select "Save As" to download it to your computer.
About the Background colors and Grayscale versions
The original illustrations with their colored backgrounds were commissioned to be part of a multi-media presentation created by Don and Pat Griggs. With their permission, in addition to posting the originals, we have created "grayscale" versions of the originals (i.e. with white backgrounds instead of color) so that our members have the option of using the illustrations without draining their printer's ink or copier toner.
We have also downsized the original scanned color versions of each illustration from 5 MB to below 1 MB each, which is still quite suitable for local congregational use.
In some cases, we have repaired something in the scan of the original illustrations such as removing an artifact of the scanning process. In a few cases where the artist used white as an outline to characters in a "nighttime" scene, we converted the white outlines to black so that we could create a printer-friendly white background version of the image to post alongside the original.
When the word "color" appears in the filename, it is the original Vallotton image.
In some cases, we have also created a "tinted" version of the original to provide a color choice or to use a liturgical color. Those are marked as such in the collection here at Rotation.org and are posted alongside her original. For example, in addition to offering Annie's original "blue background" for Pentecost, we created both a grayscale version AND a yellow background version to fit with the Pentecost theme of "fire." However, as you can sort of see in the small version below (and in more detail in the larger version), the tinting still preserved the texture of Annie's color wash in the background.
One interesting "side effect" of removing the color from the illustrations (to make them printer-friendly) is that it also made the artist's brush strokes stand out.
About Jesus' Face in the Vallotton Illustrations
Vallotton's Bible illustrations were famously published on the pages of the Good News Bible. Their dramatic postures and lack of minute detail made them perfect for the page sizes of that Bible. But her reason for not including details of Jesus' face goes deeper than that.
Don Griggs, a friend of Annie Vallotton and patron, shared this explanation with us:
Annie wrote us saying, “By using few lines the readers fill in the outlines with their imagination and freedom. That is when the drawings begin to communicate.”
"She wanted the viewer to imagine Jesus in their own way."
John Fea, the author of a history of the American Bible Society which published Vallotton's work in the Good News Bible, wrote this explanation:
The American Bible Society believes these drawings transcended nationality, language, and race. By omitting facial details, skin color, and other cultural indicators on her figures, Valloton hopes that every reader will see their own Jesus; one that was particularly right for him or her.
The illustrations in the Griggs collection featured here at Rotation.org are similar but more detailed and textured than those in the Good News Bible (GNB). See a comparison in the next post on this page.