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Interesting Lady: Biqui

While working as a trapeze artist Suzanne Valadon (1865 – 1938) had a nasty fall that cut her career short. No longer able to work as a circus performer she became an artist model to earn a living. Sitting for people like Renoir, Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec the pretty Valadon was completely immersed in the bohemian life of the fin-de-siècle. She had affairs with of many of these artists. Composer Erik Satie, who nicknamed her Biqui, is one of the greats that lost his heart to this exceptional woman. But unlike other muses Valadon also went on to become an artist in her own right and was the first woman painter admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts. Later in life she became a cougar avant la lettre and married painter André Utter, 20 years her junior. Biqui-Suzanne-Valadon Biqui-Suzanne-Valadonsuzanne_valadon-interesting-lady

Drawing of Valadon by Toulouse-Lautrec.
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