View Full Version : Oldies but Goodies: Suzanne Valadon-Oct 3 to Oct 16

10-02-2009, 06:28 AM
Our artist for the next two weeks is Suzanne Valadon 1865-1938.

self portrait in pastel 1883

self portrait 1938

Suzanne Valadon: Circus acrobat. model, artist, friend of Degas and mother of Maurice Utrillo 1883-1955

Here is some of her art work in public domain.



10-02-2009, 06:37 AM
Valadon Family

Husband Andre Utter, Suzanne, her mother and Utrillo




10-02-2009, 07:06 AM
There are a lot more images on the web, including a stunning Black Venus at 1st Art Gallery.


Here are some links, and I'll post a few more later.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Suzanne_Valadon and
U-tube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ik2RiH1gwM4

Since Valadon is in public domain feel free to copy her style or paintings, or be inspired. Use any medium you wish. Please post other links or information on this fascinating woman.

and finally...Valadon as a model:

Valadon by Renoir

10-02-2009, 07:11 AM

Valadon by Toulouse-Lautrec

Have fun. :heart:

10-02-2009, 11:30 AM
Suzanne Valadon, Black Venus inspired me, so I started. Here WIP,
gouashe and soft pastel, now daylight is gone, tomorrow I will go on.
:wave: tutu


10-02-2009, 11:50 AM
Isn't she wonderful, tutnoma? Great start...excited to see the finished work. :heart:

10-03-2009, 06:32 AM
Ok, now I think I've finished Black Venus; anyway I have to get some breakfast. :o


10-03-2009, 06:50 AM
Beautiful work tutu...gouche and pastel, interesting combination. It works well. Enjoy your breakfast. :)

10-03-2009, 09:45 AM
WoW. That is a stunning black Venus..and I just love your version, tutunoma.

Suzanne Valadon looks like a very interesting artist and person. I didn't know she was the mother of Utrillo! I like her work and looking forward to studying.

10-03-2009, 09:53 AM
thanks, June.
I just visited your Gallery and I adore your mood for color. :cat:

10-03-2009, 11:48 AM
Wow, tutunoma, you have softened and lightened the colors and made this person even more approachable. Very nice work!

10-03-2009, 04:55 PM
I am quite a fan of Valadon's work; if you ask me she is quite underrated. Here's another bit by her:


She is one of those artists who give talentless amateurs like me some hope: she started painting relatively late in life, and was largely self-trained, but still eventually managed to come up with very attractive images.

Here's a Wiki article on her:


With more images!

10-07-2009, 12:07 AM
Tutunoma -wonderful rendition of the Black Venus.

interesting how Suzanne uses alot of heavy black outlines

10-09-2009, 08:55 PM
I better get a move on one week is gone -one week left.....:)

10-13-2009, 06:35 PM
Here is my Suzanne: Portrait of Madame Coquiot in magic marker and colored pencil.


and the original

10-14-2009, 12:05 AM
Oh, joy!!!! That is so peppy. Love it Janet

10-14-2009, 02:51 AM
That is extremely effective Janet. I think the boldness of the marker pens suits this subject very well. I am hoping to get a Valadon copy done..perhaps today.

10-14-2009, 07:21 AM
Thanks, Robin and June. I sort of like her too...even though in scanning, the colors came out a little different.

What do you think about her life? I guess at the time she would have been considered by some as a fallen woman :lol: Guess having Degas as an admirer would make up for a lot. She also had a rather odd relationship with her son and handpicked a woman for him to marry, who some say who knew the Utrillos, that his wife was a real pain in the neck.

10-14-2009, 07:43 AM
Hi Jane, as I saw your interpretation of the portrait I had to think of Matisse. Many of Valadons work seem to me as having been inluenzed of M.
Any way she was far ahead of her time living as independent as she did. She was emansipated before the word ever was put together with women. Not to tell who was father of her son must be an affront at that time. Her beeing a "muse" for many artists of her time is nothing unusual, but her strong paintings really are evidence of her own creativity and skill. I very much respect this person

10-14-2009, 08:02 AM

I tried out gouache paint for Susanne Valadon's tabby cats. 6 by 8 ins.

10-14-2009, 08:26 AM

When you look at this selfportrait of 1938 and think she painted it at the age of 73 (as she was born 1865) it is amazing what power she must have had even then. And how courageous it was to do a self portrait of an old herself. Still good looking, I'd say. As a young woman she must have been looking fabulous as you can see in the portrait Renoir made.

10-14-2009, 02:39 PM
Now you've made me cry June. Those sweet faces. I miss having a cat so much. My son says he will adopt one for both of us as soon as he can. I had two cats for years and years until they became sick and had to be put to sleep. I still miss them. Your picture reminds me of them. :(

10-15-2009, 06:49 AM
I miss my cats too Janet. I always had tabbies. If I mved to a house in the country (a dream I wish would come true!), I'd have cats and lots of other animals. As I am in a town flat, just enough room for me and one teeny yorkie.

The colours came out a bit off in this scan. And I see I need a bit more practise with gouache to discover how to use it. I used it thick here rather like oils. A good alternative to getting out all the oil paints and paraphenalia though!!

I am enjoying studying the lesser known artists in this series as their work is often more quirky and interesting.

10-16-2009, 12:43 AM
June - that is positively entrancing!!!!! I love their eyes and the white with blue shadowy chests.

I'm running behind with this project. Hope to get one in tommorrow

10-16-2009, 07:23 AM
Many thanks Robin.

There's a gouache project on skies running in the watercolour forum and I was hoping to do something for that...just need to pick a sky photo. It often takes me ages to find a photo to paint. There's a sky photo thread in cafe guerbois and I could try something from there. But maybe I'll do one of my own photos....the point is after all this rambling...to practise gouache painting. I think its rather a good medium.

Has anyone else tried gouache recently?:D

10-18-2009, 11:12 AM
here's mine, colored pencil and ink aka Bill Peet

10-18-2009, 11:34 AM
Wonderful, Robin. You really have a style all your own. I think I could pick out your work even without a signature. Just love your Valadon. :)