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The Two Bathers, Oil On Canvas by Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938, France)

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The Two Bathers, Oil On Canvas by Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938, France)
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"The Two Bathers"



 
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Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938) was a French painter 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.

The daughter of an unmarried laundress, Suzanne Valadon became a circus acrobat at the age of fifteen, but a year later, a fall from a trapeze ended that career. In the Montmartre quarter of Paris, she pursued her interest in art, first working as a model for artists, observing and learning their techniques, before becoming a noted painter herself. She modelled for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (who gave her painting lessons), Pierre-Auguste Renoir, and Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes, and is known to have had affairs with the latter two. In the early 1890s she befriended Edgar Degas who, impressed with her bold line drawings and fine paintings, purchased her work and encouraged her efforts. She remained one of Degas' closest friends until his death.

The most recognizable image of Valadon would be in Renoir's Dance at Bougival from 1883 (see Gallery), the same year that she posed for City Dance. In 1885, Renoir painted her portrait again as Girl Braiding Her Hair. Another of his portraits of her in 1885, Suzanne Valadon, is of her head and shoulders in profile. Valadon frequented the bars and taverns of Paris along with her fellow painters, and Toulouse-Lautrec painted her as the subject of The Hangover.

Valadon painted still lifes, portraits, flowers, and landscapes that are noted for their strong composition and vibrant colors. She was, however, best known for her candid female nudes. A perfectionist, she worked on some of her oil paintings for up to 13 years before showing them. She also worked in pastel. Her first exhibitions, held in the early 1890s, consisted mostly of portraits.

Today, some of her works may be seen at the Centre Georges Pompidou in Paris, the Museum of Grenoble, and at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York.

A free spirit, she wore a corsage of carrots, kept a goat at her studio to "eat up her bad drawings", and fed caviar (rather than fish) to her "good Catholic" cats on Fridays.

Despite her financial success and the recognition gained for her artistic achievements, her fame was eclipsed by that of her son. She gave birth to the boy in 1883, when she was 18, naming him Maurice Valadon. He later adopted the paternal family name of a close friend of his mother, Miguel Utrillo y Morlius, who owned the Auberge du Clou, a tavern frequented by the residents, shop owners, workers, and artists of Montmartre. The tavern had a shadow theatre in its basement; and Miguel also created the scenery, ombres, and stage settings for the productions. After being taught to paint and mentored by his mother, as Maurice Utrillo, he became one of Montmartre's best-known artists.

Among her works is a portrait of the composer Erik Satie, with whom she had a six-month affair in 1893. A smitten Satie proposed marriage after their first night together. For Satie, the intimacy of his relationship with Valadon would be the only one of its kind in his life, leaving him at its end, he said, with "nothing but an icy loneliness that fills the head with emptiness and the heart with sadness." Satie's composition "Vexations" is said to be the an outcome of grief after the split.

Valadon's 1896 marriage to stockbroker Paul Moussis ended in 1909 when she left him for painter André Utter, who was half her age,. She married Utter in 1914, but that marriage did not last either.

Suzanne Valadon died on 7 April 1938, at age 72, and was buried in the Cimetière de Saint-Ouen in Paris. Among those in attendance at her funeral were her friends and colleagues André Derain, Pablo Picasso, and Georges Braque.

A novel based on her life by Elaine Todd Koren was published in 2001, entitled Suzanne: of Love and Art. An earlier novel by Sarah Baylis, entitled Utrillo's Mother, was published first in England and later in the United States. Timberlake Wertenbaker's play "The Line" (2009) traces the relationship between Valadon and Degas.

Both an asteroid (6937 Valadon) and a crater on Venus are named in her honor. The small square at the base of the Montmartre funicular in Paris is named Place Suzanne Valadon.

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Marie-Clémentine Valade, dite Suzanne Valadon, née le 23 septembre 1865 à Bessines-sur-Gartempe et morte le 7 avril 1938 à Paris, est une peintre française. Elle est la mère du peintre Maurice Utrillo. Fille naturelle d’une blanchisseuse, Suzanne Valadon devient acrobate de cirque à quinze ans en 1880, jusqu’à ce qu’une chute mette fin prématurémen...
[Biography - Suzanne Valadon - 5Ko]
Suzanne Valadon, eigentlich Marie-Clémentine Valadon, (* 23. September 1865 in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne † 7. April 1938 in Paris) war eine französische Malerin. Sie ist die Mutter des Malers Maurice Utrillo. Marie-Clémentine Valadon wurde 1865 als Tochter einer Wäscherin in Bessines-sur-Gartempe in Frankreich geboren. 1870 zog die Mutte...
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Suzanne Valadon (Bessines-sur-Gartempe, 23 settembre 1867 – Parigi, 7 aprile 1938) è stata una pittrice francese, il cui vero nome era Marie-Clémentine Valadon. Figlia naturale di una lavandaia, ancora bambina andò a vivere a Montmartre con la madre. Prima di lavorare per il circo Mollier come cavallerizza iniziò una lunga serie di mestieri, fra i ...
[Biography - Suzanne Valadon - 4Ko]
Suzanne Valadon, cuyo verdadero nombre era Marie-Clémentine Valade, nacida el 23 de septiembre de 1867 en Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Haute-Vienne) y fallecida el 7 de abril 1938 en París, era una pintora francesa. Hija de una lavandera no casada, Suzanne Valadon se hizo acróbata con 16 años hasta que una caída puso fin a esta actividad. Se estableció c...
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Сюзанна Валадо́н или Сюза́н Валадо́н (фр. Suzanne Valadon), урождённая Мари́-Клементи́н Валя́д (Marie-Clémentine Valade 23 сентября 1865, Бессин-сюр-Гартамп, департамент Верхняя Вьенна — 7 апреля 1938, Париж) — французская художница, и натурщица первая женщина, принятая во французский союз художников (1894). Мать художника Мориса Утрилло. Будучи ...
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Marie-Clémentine Valade, mais conhecida como Suzanne Valadon (Bessines-sur-Gartempe, 23 de setembro de 1867 – Paris, 7 de abril de 1938) foi uma pintora francesa pós-impressionista e personalidade marcante na cena artística parisiense no período que precede o cubismo. Foi garçonete dos cafés de Montmartre e acrobata, abandonando o circo para tornar...
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シュザンヌ・ヴァラドン(Suzanne Valadon, 1865年9月23日 - 1938年4月7日)はフランス、モンマルトルの画家。スュザンヌ(スザンヌ)・ヴァラドンとも呼ばれる。画家になる前は、著名な画家のモデルでもあった。画家モーリス・ユトリロの母である。人物をほとんど描かなかったユトリロとは対照的に、ヴァラドンの作品の主題はほとんどが人物であり、高いデッサン力に支えられた太い簡潔な線は、対象の特徴を容赦なく捉え力強い。ヴァラドンはユトリロが画家として成功するまで、息子に絵画の才能があるとは思っておらず、また息子も母から絵画を学ぶことはなかったため、互いに影響を受けることなく、独自の画風を確立している。 ヴァラドンは、オート=ヴィエンヌ県ベッシーヌ=シュル=ガルタンプで貧しい洗濯女の...
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