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Musée d’Arts de Nantes
Suzanne Valadon
A World of one’s Own

In this exhibition the Musée d’Arts de Nantes places a new focus on the unconventional career of Suzanne Valadon, from her beginnings as an artist’s model to her heyday as an artist in avant-garde Montmartre.

An exceptional, self-taught artist, Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) left a fascinating, transgressive and uncompromising body of work.
An ardent defender of the need to paint real life, she broke with the traditional idealisation of the human body. She painted intimate scenes of daily life with marked outlines and a boldness of colour that are incredibly modern.
Owner of the masterpiece Les Baigneuses (1923), acquired in 1957 through the Friends of the museum association, the Musée d’Arts de Nantes pays tribute to this self-taught artist, to whom the history of arthas given little attention since her death.

With around 120 paintings and works on paper, the Nantes exhibition above all retraces Suzanne Valadon’s career on the Parisian artistic scene at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries, from her years as artist’s model (for Auguste Renoir, Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec) to her most radical personal pieces. The freedom with which she approaches the traditional painting genres (nudes, portraits, still lifes and landscapes) underscores the pivotal status of this iconic figure in avant-garde Montmartre.

Suzanne Valadon, Les baigneuses, 1923, huile sur toile,Collection Musée d’arts de Nantes

Curator of the exhibition:
Chiara Parisi, Director of the Centre Pompidou-Metz.

Chief curator of the exhibition in Nantes:
Claire Lebossé, Curator responsible for the modern art collections at the Musée d’Arts de Nantes.
Sophie Lévy, Head Curator at the Musée d’Arts de Nantes.
Salomé Van Eynde, Exhibition Manager at the Musée d’Arts de Nantes.