Gallery Talk: Suzanne Valadon’s Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte

8 Nov 2021
3 - 3:30 p.m.
The Barnes Foundation, Roberts Gallery, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Parkway, Philadelphia, PA 19130


Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel, 2021, installation view, The Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia, PA. Photo by Daniel Jackson, © The Barnes Foundation. 

In companionship with The Barnes Foundation’s Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel exhibition, art historian Jalen Chang leads an in-depth discussion about Suzanne Valadon’s painting Marie Coca and Her Daughter Gilberte. This lecture will examine the work’s themes of motherhood and femininity.

After a career as an artist's model for the likes of Pierre-Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Valadon became a successful painter herself and was the first self-taught woman to exhibit at the Salon de la Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She challenged social norms in both her lifestyle and art-making, painting unapologetic portraits and bold nudes.

This event is free with admission to the museum.