Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel
through January 9, 2022
At the Barnes Foundation, “Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel” is the first exhibition dedicated to this fascinating French artist at a major U.S. institution.
Neglected and poor in childhood, she posed for such talents as Renoir and Toulouse-Lautrec in her teens, when Degas praised her draftsmanship.
Entirely self-taught, she ultimately earned a living from selling art — extremely rare for a woman of her era.
Valadon painted daring, unapologetic portraits and nudes with bold colors and decisive lines, yet her second marriage, to a younger man, was met with disapproval and her fame was eclipsed by that of her artist son, Maurice Utrillo.
Curated by Nancy Ireson, this show features 55 paintings, drawings, and prints from all stages of Valadon’s career and offers an intriguing juxtaposition with the male-made art of her time elsewhere at the Barnes.
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