Suzanne Valadon's bio
Marie Clémentine Valadon born on 23 September 1865, from unknown father, in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, in Limousin. Utrillo's grandmother, after electing different homes, establishes dead end Guelma, in Montmartre. A choice that was not to be without consequence, since the laundry established its laundry "business" near newly built artists' workshops ...
Very quickly she learned to master her condition as a woman, striving to convert disabilities into assets. Attentive to more material security, she approached Puvis : She became his model, he became her lover. Clémentine Valadon, Suzanne for friends, Nana de Zola is coveted for her charm and beauty. In the birth of his son, she says "seamstress". Presumably she spent more time weaving or unraveling romantic adventures than pulling the needle or holding the iron.
Before becoming the model (and the mistress) by Puvis de Chavannes, she had met Miguel Utrillo y Morlius. At the bottom of a lead pencil portrait he will take of her, that read : Remembrance of the Seven Years' War ! Eloquent dedication as an epitaph !
Tired of tumultuous love, the injured lover will return to Spain for several years. Back to Paris, he recognized, in 1891, Maurice Valadon like his son asking for French nationality for him. Then the one who made Pablo Picasso discover Montmartre and Paris disappeared, this time for.
A frequent painters, Clementine, become Suzanne Valadon, uncovered talent. Taking his son or the daughter of his caretaker as models, she produced some very beautiful drawings… .Suzanne launched herself frantically into the world of the arts. We also nicknamed her the terrible Maria ! She posed for Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir. She got to know Degas thanks to the sculptor Bartholomé. Degas, the master discovered his drawings with enthusiasm : " My girl, it is done. You are ours », he cried. Everything happened very quickly for Suzanne. She painted her first oils, including the famous portrait of Erik Satie, with whom she had a short affair. And then, in 1895, it was the consecration : she was allowed to exhibit at the Nationale…
Suzanne Valadon dies on , surrounded by her painter friends Andre Derain, Pablo Picasso, Georges Braque and Georges Kars, which draws its ultimate portrait that day. She is buried in Parisian cemetery of Saint-Ouen.