Sunday, February 1, 2015

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) - Model, artist, muse, lover, & mother of an artist


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) c 1889


2009 Exhibit at the Pinacoteca of Paris


Mother Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) and Son Maurice Utrillo, born Maurice Valadon (1883-1955) c 1889

In 2009, the Pinacoteca of Paris exhibited of paintings of Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) & her son Maurice Valadon Utrillo (1883-1955). Theirs is a complicated tale.


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) was born Marie-Clémentine Valadon in France.



Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)


Mother Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) and Son Maurice Utrillo, born Maurice Valadon (1883-1955)

She was the daughter of unmarried laundress & was raised in Paris in bleak, lonely circumstances.

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)

She was a poor, uneducated child of the streets of Paris called Montmartre. From the age of nine she supported herself by doing odd jobs.  Apparently she taught herself to draw by age 9.  As a very young woman she worked as a laundress & a dressmaker's assistant. Suzanne Valadon became a circus acrobat at the age of 15. A year later, a fall from a trapeze ended hat career aspiration.

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Maurice Utrillo, born Maurice Valadon (1883-1955)

A beautiful girl, she found work as year artists' model both to support herself and to observe & learn the artists' techniques.

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Self Portrait 1883


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Profile of Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) 1885

In order to separate the painter from the model, Valadon, whose given name was Marie-Clementine, worked as a model using the name Maria. As an artist, she signed her work Suzanne Valadon. 

Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) The Bathers, 1885-87 Models include Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)

She modeled for Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (who gave her painting lessons), Amedeo Modigliani, Marcel Leprin, Theophile-Alexandre Steinlen, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, & Pierre-Cécile Puvis de Chavannes.

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Self Portrait 1898


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Portrait of her Son Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955), her mother & his grandmother and his dog, 1910


Edgar Degas (1834-1917) The Tub model Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)

At age 18, she became the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo Valadon.

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Self Portrait 1918


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Self Portrait


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Self Portrait


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Said To Be Self Portrait


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) City Dance (Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) and Eugène Pierre Lestringuez) 1883


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Dance at Bougival (Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) and Paul Lhote) 1883



Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) Portrait of Composer Erik Satie (1866-1925) c.1892


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Portrait of Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Girl Braiding Her Hair Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) 1885


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Portrait of Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)


Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) Portrait of Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) 1885


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864-1901) Portrait of Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) The Hangover 1888


Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)


Amedeo Modigliani (1884-1920) Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)


Maurice Utrillo, born Maurice Valadon (1883-1955) Portrait of His Mother Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)

By the end of the 1st World War, she achieved critical & financial success. She continued to exhibit regularly, reaching the peak of her fame in the 1920s. 

Théophile-Alexandre Steinlen (1859-1923), Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)

Suzanne Valadon died on 7 April 1938 & in attendance at her funeral were her friends & colleagues, Andre Derain, Pablo Picasso, & Georges Braque.

Marcel Leprin (1891-1933) Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) and her Cat


Mother Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) and Son Maurice Utrillo, born Maurice Valadon (1883-1955)


Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)