Suzanne Valadon

French painter and artists' model / From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865  7 April 1938) was a French painter who was born Marie-Clémentine Valadon at Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne, France. In 1894, Valadon became the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She was also the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo.

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Suzanne Valadon
Self-portrait, 1898, Museum of Fine Arts Houston
Marie-Clémentine Valadon

(1865-09-23)23 September 1865
Died7 April 1938(1938-04-07) (aged 72)
Paris, France
Known forPainter
MovementPost-Impressionism, Symbolism
Spouse(s)Paul Mousis, André Utter
Partner(s)Erik Satie, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec

Valadon spent nearly 40 years of her life as an artist.[1] The subjects of her drawings and paintings, such as Joy of Life (1911), included mostly female nudes, portraits of women, still lifes, and landscapes. She never attended the academy and was never confined within a tradition.[2]

She was a model for many renowned artists. Among them, Valadon appeared in such paintings as Dance at Bougival (1883) and Dance in the City by Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1883), and Suzanne Valadon (1885) by Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec.