Story of an interesting woman painter: Suzanne Valadon


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Young Girl in Front of a Window (1930) ( Image source: commons.wikimedia )

Suzanne Valadon, is a French painter, born September 23, 1865 in Bessines-sur-Gartempe (in France) and died April 7, 1938 in Paris. She is the mother of the painter Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955).
In her youth, she lived with her mother (injured acrobat). She worked as a porter for ironed linen for customers, before becoming a model for famous artists (Puvis de Chavannes, Théophile Alexandre Steinlen, Jean-Jacques Henner and her 1st lover Auguste Renoir, then her 2nd lover Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec).

Girl Braiding Her Hair (1885) (Image source: flickr / Carlos Rodriguez)

At 18 she began artistic creation with drawings, before entering the field of painting, around 1890. In 1894, Suzanne Valadon was the first woman admitted to the National Society of Fine Arts.

Maurice Utrillo, Son of Suzanne Valadon (1921) (Image source: flickr / Yann Caradec )

Married in 1896 to Paul Mousis, she left him after 13 years for the painter André Utter (1886-1948, the friend of her son), with whom she had experienced 30 years of sentimental stability, intense productivity and success in the market of art.
Suzanne Valadon died on April 7, 1938, surrounded by several of her painter friends (especially Georges Kars and Pablo Picasso).

View of Corte, Corsica (1913) (Source : sur centerblog)
Raminou and a Pitcher of Carnations (1932) ( Image source: flickr / Irina )

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