Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938) was a French painter and artists' model who was born Marie-Clémentine Valadon at Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne, France. In 1894, Valadon became the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She was also the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. The subjects of her drawings and paintings included mostly female nudes, female portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. She never attended the academy and was never confined within a tradition. Valadon spent nearly 40 years of her life as an artist.
The self-taught painter was first known in Montmartre as an artists' model. She posed for Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec and other painters who associated at the Lapin Agile cabaret. She showed paintings at the Salon des Indépendants from 1909 to 1911, but Her talent as a painter was only recognized in the 1920s. She is the mother of the painter Maurice Utrillo.
Artist, Sitter, Painter, Model
Suzanne Valadon, Maria Valentine, Marie Clementine Valadon, Maria Clémentine Valadon, Suzanne Valadon Utter