Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) is a French painter known for her modernist works, icon of artistic Montmartre from the belle époque and the 1920s.
She began her artistic career as a trapeze artist and then, at the age of 20, became a muse and model for several famous artists such as Degas and Toulouse-Lautrec.
Driven by a thirst for freedom and expression, after having observed Degas and Gauguin for a long time, she decided to become a painter herself and began painting in 1883.
Influenced by the impressionist movement, she makes color vibrate and uses a lively and intense palette, with a pronounced touch and broad brushstrokes, thus creating expressive and eventful paintings.
She painted many women, in scenes from everyday life, as well as portraits of her friends and family, and some still lifes.