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Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

Author: Hewitt, Catherine
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 480
Pub Date: 25/10/2017
Publisher: Icon Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781785782732
Availability: Out of Stock
Quick overview From the author of The Mistress of Paris, a lavish biography of a remarkable 19th-century woman.
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In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was considered the Impressionists' most beautiful model. But behind her captivating facade lay a closely-guarded secret.


Born in poverty in rural France, as a teenager Suzanne began, in Montmartre, posing for - and having affairs with - some of the age's most renowned painters. Then Renoir caught her indulging in a passion she had been trying to conceal: the model was herself a talented artist.



Some found her vibrant still lifes and frank portraits as shocking as her bohemian lifestyle. At eighteen, she gave birth to an illegitimate child, future painter Maurice Utrillo. But her friends Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas could see her skill. Rebellious and opinionated, she refused to be confined by tradition or gender, and in 1894, her work was accepted to the Salon de la Societe Nationale des Beaux-Arts, an extraordinary achievement for a working-class woman with no formal art training.



Renoir's Dancer tells the remarkable tale of an ambitious, headstrong woman fighting to find a professional voice in a male-dominated world.

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