21 Works, September 23rd. is Suzanne Valadon ‘s day, her story, illustrated with footnotes #208

Suzanne Valadon (Marie-Clémentine Valadon), (1865, France – 1938, France)
Le Lancement du filet/ Throwing the net, c. 1914

Oil on canvas
201 x 301 cm
Georges Pompidou Center, Paris, France

Presented at the Salon des Indépendants in 1914, the monumental academic panel irritated avant-garde critics. Arthur Cravan, who in issue five of his episodic review Now, writes an angry criticism of the Salon, violently attacks Suzanne Valadon (“[she] knows the little recipes well, but simplifying is not making simple, old bitch!”). Sentenced for defamation, he replied fiercely in a supplement to his review: “Contrary to my assertion, Ms. Suzanne Valadon is a virtue”. Le Lancement du Filet is Valadon’s latest work dedicated to the male nude. Subsequently, she devoted herself especially to an iconography centered on the nudes of women and children. More on this painting

Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865–7 April 1938) was a French painter and artists’ model. In 1894, Valadon became the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. She was also the mother of painter Maurice Utrillo…

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