Suzanne Valadon

Suzanne Valadon

Model, Painter, Rebel

Publication date:
September 2021
Publisher :
Paul Holberton Publishing
Editor :
Nancy Ireson
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ISBN : 9781913645137

Dimensions : 280 X 240 mm
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• First exhibition at major American venue

This lavish catalogue will accompany the first exhibition at a major American venue of the French model and painter Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938). Despite the popularity and success Valadon enjoyed in her lifetime, her work has been neglected since her death. Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel reconsiders the life and legacy of the revolutionary artist.

From a childhood marked by poverty and neglect, Suzanne Valadon defi ed the odds to become a successful painter of the Parisian avant-garde. Passionate about art from an early age, she became a popular artist's model at fi fteen, posing for Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Auguste Renoir, and Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, among many others. Edgar Degas encouraged her earliest artistic eff orts, praising the use of line in her drawings and introducing her to printmaking techniques.

Valadon was the fi rst self-taught woman artist to exhibit at the salon of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Later, when she turned to painting, she showed regularly at the Salon des Indépendants and the Salon d'Automne. She made a living from her art at a time when it when women faced countless obstacles to professional success. Despite these accomplishments, her work has received scant attention outside of France. The Barnes Foundation is the fi rst US institution to dedicate an exhibition to Valadon, introducing American audiences to her work and story.

With her art and lifestyle alike, Valadon challenged behavioral codes. She cared little for convention, and in middle age left her marriage in favor of a relationship with the artist André Utter, more than twenty years her junior. While she broke new ground with her portraits and nudes, her reception was often overshadowed by criticism of her personal life, and her fame as an artist was eclipsed by that of her son, Maurice Utrillo. This catalogue looks beyond the gossip and scandals to focus on the unique role Valadon played within the Parisian art world.

Seen in the twenty-fi rst century, Valadon's confrontational and witty works still challenge viewers with their unapologetic presentations of women's bodies, female desire, and the confl icts of marriage and motherhood. Always faithful to fi gurative representation, she refused to follow artistic trends, developing a distinctive pictorial language characterized by decisive lines and bold coloration.

This fully illustrated exhibition catalogue explores the new ways of looking presented in the exhibition. Contributions by Nancy Ireson, Martha Lucy, Denise Murrell, Adrienne L. Childs, and Lauren Jimerson tackle the artist's treatment of the female fi gure, her navigation of the art world, and her depictions of an as-yet-unidentifi ed Black model. British artist Lisa Brice refl ects on her interest in the painter, fi nding resonance between Valadon's pioneering work and contemporary artists and events. A chronology by Marianne Le Morvan presents a fascinating overview of the artist's turbulent life.