Oil on canvas
35,7 x 27,5 cm / 14 x 10,8 in
Signed and dated lower left: Suzanne Valadon ; 1919
Mrs Blanche Montel Collection, Paris.
Sale Hôtel Drouot, May 21st, 1948.
Private collection, acquired at the above sale and thence by descent.
Sale Christie's, Paris, Mai 20th, 2009, n°142.
Acquired at the above sale by the former owner.
Maurice Utrillo V, Suzanne Valadon, Haus der kunst, Munich, June 15th - September 11th, 1960, n°145.
Marie-Anne Camax-Zoegger, Louise Hervieu, Suzanne Valadon, Musée Galliera, May - June 1961, n°57.
Haus der kunst, Munich, Maurice Utrillo V, Suzanne Valadon, Exhibition Catalogue, 1960, listed under the n°145, p.25.
Musée Galliera, Paris, Marie-Anne Camax-Zoegger, Louise Hervieu, Suzanne Valadon, Exhibition Catalogue, 1961, illustrated under the n°57.
Paul Pétridès, L'oeuvre complet de Suzanne Valadon, Compagnie Française des Arts Graphiques, Paris, 1971, illustrated under the n°P164, p.304.
Bessines-sur-Gartempe 1865 - Limoges 1938
Suzanne Valadon wasn't intended to be an artist. She started her professional career by taking on series of small jobs; waitress, circus acrobat... She set foot in the artistic world at the end of the 1880's when Renoir, Toulouse-Lautrec, Puvis de Chavannes chose her as a model. While she was sitting for them she paid attention to their method and learnt the profession this way. Her first artworks were mainly pastels and drawings. She started painting a little later. Her production caught Edgar Degas's attention whom encouraged Suzanne Valadon to keep on producing. He also financially supported her by buying her artworks. In 1883, Suzanne Valadon gave birth to Maurice known as the painter Maurice Utrillo. She painted still lives, landscapes, and portraits characterized by strict lines, and contrasting colors. Recognized during her lifetime, her artworks were exhibited from 1890 onward. In 1911, he first solo exhibition is held. Nowadays her artworks can be seen at Paris's Musée National d'art Moderne, Montmartre's Museum or New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art.