Suzanne Valadon

I’m so amazed by Suzanne Valadon, a female impressionist artist, and kind of pissed off that I haven’t stumbled across her before. Not only was she incredibly talented but she was also a fabulously eccentric person. At fifteen she was trained as a circus artist to make her living but after falling from a trapeze only a year later she had to give that up and so became an artist’s model. Which is lucky, because by modelling for Toulouse-Lautrec and Renoir among others she learned to paint. She soon developed her own style in the impressionist world and painted gorgeously curvy and fluid lines of often naked women. As for her personal life, Wikipedia tells me she wore a corsage out of carrots, kept a goat to eat her bad drawings and fed her cats Caviar. She’s my kind of woman.

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