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Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938)

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Prints and Drawings

Prints by Pierre Bonnard, Georges Braque, Charles Camoin, Mary Cassatt, Paul Cezanne, Henri Edmond Cross, Edgar Degas, Sonia Delaunay, Maurice Denis, André Derain, Susanne Duchamp, Raoul Dufy, Jean-Louis Forain, Pauk Gauguin, Marie Laurencin, Edouard Manet, Pierre Matisse, Joan Miro, Berthé Morisot, Pablo Picasso, Pierre Auguste Renoir, Geeorges Rouault, Ker Xavier Roussel, Paul Signac, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Suzanne Valadon, Maurice de Vlaminck, James A. McNeill Whistler, and others.

Drawings by Albert Besnard, Andre Barbier, Henri Edmond Cross, Jean-Louis Forain, Eva Gonzales, Marie Laurencin, Maximilien Luce, and Georges Rouault.

Hand-colored prints by Mary Cassatt, Marc Chagall, Sonja Delaunay, Joan Miró, Henri Matisse, and Pablo Picasso.

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Suzanne Valadon was a Parisian dress-maker's apprentice, a circus-acrobat, and an artist's model in Montmartre, working for Degas, Renoir, and Toulouse-Lautrec among others. She was one of the brightest lights on the social scene until she became pregnant. Taking care of her son, the future painter Maurice Utrillo, left the 18-year old mother less time for society and a need for a new occupation. Having seen some of her drawings, she was encouraged by Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec to become an artist. She began with drawings and prints, working both in lithography and etching. Beginning in 1909, she began working seriously on paintings as well, She became one of the most outstanding women artists in the School of Paris, working until she suffered a stroke and died in 1938.

Bibliography: Suzanne Valadon 1865-1938. Bilder, Pastelle, Zeichnungen, Graphiken. Ausstellung Im Haus Beda, Bitburg Vom 29.1. - 26.2.1984 (Bitburg: Selbstverlag, 1984); Sarah Baylis, Utrillo's Mother (New Brinswick: Rutgers University Press, 1989); Jean Bouret, Suzanne Valadon (Paris: Editions O. Petrides, 1947); J. Brade, Suzanne Valadon 1867 - 1938. Vom Modell am Montmatre zur Malerin der Klassischen Moderne (Stuttgart, 1990); J. Champion, Suzanne Valadon ou la recherche de la vérité (Paris, Le Grand Livre du Mois, 1984); Bernard Dorival (Catalogue by Pierre Georgel); Suzanne Valadon (Paris: Musée National d'Art Modern, 1967); Nesto Jacometti, Suzanne Valadon (Genève: Pierre Cailler, 1947); Daniel Marchesseau, Suzanne Valadon (Martigny: Fondation Pierre Gianadda, 1996); M. Mermillion, Suzanne Valadon (Paris: Editions Braun, 1950); Paul Petrides, L'Oeuvre Complet de Suzanne Valadon (Paris: Companie Francaise des Arts Graphiques, 1971); Michel Peyramaure, Suzanne Valadon. Tome 1 : Les escaliers de Montmartre. T2 : Le temps des ivresses (2 vols. Paris: Robert Laffont, 1998); June Rose, Suzanne Valadon (NY: St. Martin's Press, 1998); Therese Diamand Rosinsky, Suzanne Valadon (New York: Universe Books, 1994); John Storm, The Valadon Drama: The Turbulent Story of Suzanne Valadon-Famous Painter, Mother of Utrillo, Misstress of Renoir-who lived at the height of Impressionism (New York: E.P. Dutton) 1959; Jeanine Warnod, Suzanne Valadon (Paris: Flammarion, 1981).
Catherine Accroupie. Original soft-ground etching, c. 1894-95. Edition: 75 pencil signed impressions printed at Daragnès in Paris in June 1932 and published by Valadon in a portfolio of 18 original prints. Valadon's work focuses on the psyches of her subjects as manifested in their bodies. Image size: 127x130mm; paper size: 470x370mm. Price: $3200.
Femmes nues sous les abres / Nude women under the trees (P. E. 9). Original soft-ground etching, 1904. Signed and dated 1904 in the plate; pencil signed lower right. A very rich impression before the edition of 75 pencil signed impressions printed at Daragnès in Paris in June 1932 and published by Valadon in a portfolio of 18 original prints. Image size: 235x225mm on Arches paper with wide margins. Price: $3600.
Louise nue sur la Canape / Louise nude on the sofa (Petrides 4). Original soft-ground etching on Rives with large margins, 1895. Signed and dated in the plate and pencil signed lower right. A very good impression in excellent condition just back from restoration. Image size: 250x285mm. Price: SOLD.
Après le bain / After the bath. Original color lithograph, c. 1900. Edition unknown. Signed in the stone. A very good clean impression. Image size: 245x218mm. Price: SOLD.

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