Suzanne Valadon, The Utter Family, 1921. Centre Pompidou – Musée National d’Art Moderne/CCI, Paris, Gift of Doctor Robert Le Masle, 1974. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York / Photo by Jacqueline Hyde / Image © CNAC/MNAM, Dist. RMN-Grand Palais / Art Resource, NY. Photo courtesy of The Barnes Foundation.
As an introduction to the Barnes Foundation’s fall exhibition Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, chief curator Nancy Ireson offers a live lecture on Valadon’s groundbreaking work and impact as a self-taught artist who challenged the societal norms of early 20th-century Paris.
A rebel in both lifestyle and art-making, Valadon was a successful painter of her day who created unapologetic portraits and bold nudes.
The Barnes’ exhibition is the first major institutional show of Valadon’s work in the US.