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Suzanne Valadon
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    (September 23, 1865-April 7, 1938)
    Born in Bessines-sur-Gartempe, France
    Birth name was Marie-Clementine Valadon
    Modeled for Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Pierre Puvis de Chavannes
    Mother of artist Maurice Utrillo
    Painted still lifes, portraits, landscapes and nudes
    She was a teenaged circus performer until she was injured in a fall from the trapeze.
    She never knew who Maurice's father was.
    She introduced Maurice to cognac at age six so he would sleep while she went out all night.
    Her second husband, Andre Utter, was 21 years her junior and was Maurice's roommate.
    She fed her dog filet mignon and her cats caviar.
    While modeling for (and making love to) the leading artists of her day, she learned their techniques and became a success in her own right.
    She was the first woman painter admitted to the Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
    Her candid paintings of female nudes were considered shocking in her day.
    Utter was an alcoholic who flaunted his affairs and beat her.

Credit: C. Fishel

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