SUZANNE VALADON (1865/1938), FRENCH PAINTER – To become model for Toulouse-Lautrec, after the birth of a son.

Taught herself, thereby formed a style all her own.

The painter Suzanne Valadon was born in this village in 1865. Bessines-sur-Gartempe is a commune in the Haute-Vienne department (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, western France). Obviously, your “author’sjourney ” needs to host you in a 16th century palace, the Manoir Henri IV The hotel’s restaurant will propose you traditional French dishes.

In Paris, Musée de Montmartre it’s established in the building in which she had an apartment and studio. Her mother worked as a sewing maid, but the identity of her father was not known. She was born on a September day in the small town of Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Nouvelle-Aquitaine, in western France). In Paris, she attended a convent school before taking a job in a milliner’s workshop. She it’s remembered for her many love affairs, and such as the mother of prominent French painter Maurice Utrillo. At the turn of the twentieth century, before becoming a respected painter herself, SUZAN VALADON was an artist’s model in Paris’s Montmartre neighborhood.

SUZAN VALADON worked to hone her skills, by observing the techniques of the artists who painted her. Her first known works date from 1883. Her artistic endeavors were assisted by Toulouse-Lautrec (with whom she had a affair). Due to encouragement from Degas, in 1894 she became the first woman to show at the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She approached art with a different perspective, than the other artists of her day. Foremost among her subjects, were portraits and female nudes. She treatment of the female nude in special way, rendering it with frankness, and energy. “Joy of Life”, it’s an her oil painting, completed in 1911, bequeathed to the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

In 1896, her marriage she enabled to leave behind her career as an artist’s model, and starting by 1909 she was working as a full-time artist. On a April day SUZANNE VALADON was painting at her easel, when she unexpectedly suffered a stroke and died. Visiting Paris, do not forget that she awaits you in the Saint-Ouen cemetery. After her death, her reputation remained linked to her son’s, but in the latter part of the twentieth century, increasing interest in the works of women artists led to an increased appreciation of her art. In Paris, her works are included in the collections of the Centre Georges Pompidou.

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