Arts Everyday Living: Toulouse-Lautrec and Suzanne Valadon

(Note: originally published on 9/28/2012.)

For my Live and Learn class.

Her name was Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938): laundress, horse back rider, trapeze performer, model, and artist—-and by the way, the mother of renowned painter Maurice Utrillo.  Maria as she was called then, met Laturec when she was only 18, probably around the time she posed for his colleague Renoir in the Dance at Bougival.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Dance at Bougival, 1883, oil on canvas, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA


Renoir captured her loveliness again a few years later in this profile view.

Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Suzanne Valadon, c. 1885, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


So do you recognize Valadon in The Hangover by Lautrec who has been said to be in love with her?

Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, The Hangover, c. 1888, Fogg Art Museum, Harvard University Art Museum, Cambridge, MA


Lautrec is also often credited with helping Valadon develop her artistic skills which she would someday apply to her portrait of another lover, the composer Erik Satie.  Do you detect some resemblance to Henri?  Or maybe it is just the glasses?

Suzanne Valadon, Portrait of Erik Satie, 1893, oil on canvas, National Museum of Modern Art, Pompidou Cener, Paris















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