Aliases: Marie-Clémentine Utter, Marie Clémentine Valade, Maria Valadon, Marie Clémentine Valadon, Marie Valentine Suzanne Valadon, Marie-Clémentine Valadon, Suzanne-Marie-Clémentine Valadon, Marie Clémentine Valadon-Utter, Suzanne Valadon-Utter
Painter, Etcher, Flower painter, Still life painter
Suzanne Valadon (23 September 1865 – 7 April 1938) was a French painter and artists' model who was born Marie-Clémentine Valadon at Bessines-sur-Gartempe, Haute-Vienne, France. 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. The subjects of her drawings and paintings included mostly female nudes, female portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. She never attended the academy and was never confined within a tradition. Valadon spent nearly 40 years of her life as an artist.
It is commonly believed that Valadon taught herself how to draw at the age of nine. Valadon painted still lifes, portraits, flowers, and landscapes that are noted for their strong composition and vibrant colors. She was, however, best known for her candid female nudes that depict women's bodies from a woman's perspective. Due to the social norms of the time looking down upon it, Valadon was made famous for her work on the female nude form. Valadon was not confined to a specific style, yet both Symbolist and Post-Impressionist aesthetics are clearly seen within her work.