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Joy of Life

Artist:
Suzanne Valadon (French, Bessines-sur-Gartempe 1865–1938 Paris)
Date:
1911
Medium:
Oil on canvas
Dimensions:
48 3/8 x 81 in. (122.9 x 205.7 cm)
Classification:
Paintings
Credit Line:
Bequest of Miss Adelaide Milton de Groot (1876-1967), 1967
Accession Number:
67.187.113
Not on view
Inscription: Signed and dated (lower right): Suzanne Valadon 1911
Albert Kleinmann, Paris (by 1948–at least 1951); (sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, March 19, 1958, no. 176, as "La Joie de Vivre," sold for Fr 600,000); [Hammer Galleries, New York, 1958; probably sold to de Groot]; Adelaide Milton de Groot, New York (1958–d. 1967; her bequest to MMA)

Paris. Grand Palais des Champs-Élysées. "Salon d'automne," October 1–November 8, 1911, no. 1605 (as "La Joie de vivre [fragment]").

Paris. Galerie O. Pétridès. "Suzanne Valadon 1867–1937," February 18–March 12, 1942, no. 1 (as "La joie de vivre") [probably this picture].

Paris. Musée National d'Art Moderne. "Hommage à Suzanne Valadon (1867–1938)," May 28–July 11, 1948, no. 11 (as "La joie de vivre," lent by A. Kleinmann).

New York. Hammer Galleries. "The Personal Collection of Mme. Maurice Utrillo from the Utrillo home, 'La Bonne Lucie' Le Vesinet, France. Exhibition and Sale," May 13–June 7, 1958, no. 111 (as "La Joie de Vivre," lent by the Hammer Galleries).

Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University Faculty of Arts and Science. "Changes in Perspective: 1880–1925," May 2–June 2, 1978, unnumbered cat. (p. 41).

Martigny. Fondation Pierre Gianadda. "Suzanne Valadon," January 26–May 27, 1996, no. 13.

François Mathey. Six femmes peintres: Berthe Morisot, Eva Gonzalès, Séraphine Louis, Suzanne Valadon, Maria Blanchard, Marie Laurencin. Paris, 1951, colorpl. IX, locates it in the collection of Albert Kleinmann.

"Résultats des ventes à la Galerie Charpentier." Gazette de l'Hôtel Drouot 67 (March 28, 1958), p. 2.

Pierre Georgel. Suzanne Valadon. Exh. cat., Musée National d'Art Moderne. Paris, 1967, pp. 11, 40.

Paul Pétridès. L'oeuvre complet de Suzanne Valadon. Paris, 1971, p. 285, no. P 29, ill. n. p., reproduces two related compositions (P 27, P 28).

Christine Zdep in Changes in Perspective: 1880–1925. Exh. cat., Grey Art Gallery and Study Center, New York University. New York, 1978, pp. 40–41, ill.

John Russell. "Art: Witnesses to the Whirlwind." New York Times (May 5, 1978), p. C18.

Jeanine Warnod. Suzanne Valadon. New York, 1981, pp. 76, 91, ill. pp. 38–39 (color), calls it "Joy of Living".

Doris Krininger. Modell—Malerin—Akt: Über Suzanne Valadon und Paula Modersohn-Becker. Darmstadt, 1986, pp. 89–96, 140, 149, pl. 29.

Lowery S. Sims in Treasures from The Metropolitan Museum of Art: French Art from the Middle Ages to the Twentieth Century. Exh. cat., Yokohama Museum of Art. Tokyo, 1989, p. 189.

Patricia Mathews. "Returning the Gaze: Diverse Representations of the Nude in the Art of Suzanne Valadon." Art Bulletin 73 (September 1991), pp. 422–23, fig. 6.

Thérèse Diamand Rosinsky. Suzanne Valadon. New York, 1994, pp. 84–85, 87–88, 93, 96, 121, fig. 5 (color), calls it "Joy of Living".

Johanna Brade. Suzanne Valadon: Vom Modell in Montmartre zur Malerin der Klassischen Moderne. Stuttgart, 1994, p. 87, ill. pp. 78–79 (color), calls it "Lebensfreude".

Marianne Sarkari in Daniel Marchesseau. Suzanne Valadon. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 1996, pp. 225, 261, no. 13, ill. pp. 86–87 (color).

Thérèse Diamand-Rosinsky in Daniel Marchesseau. Suzanne Valadon. Exh. cat., Fondation Pierre Gianadda. Martigny, 1996, p. 252.

Patricia Mathews. Passionate Discontent: Creativity, Gender, and French Symbolist Art. Chicago, 1999, pp. 199–203, 211, colorpl. 11.

Thérèse Diamand Rosinsky. Suzanne Valadon. [Paris], 2005, pp. 254–55, 271 n. 26.

Natalie H. Lee in The Robert Lehman Collection. Vol. 3, Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Paintings. New York, 2009, p. 270 n. 11.

Sandra Martin and Cheryl Raman-Orhun in Valadon, Utrillo, Utter: Peintures, dessins, photographies. La Trinité maudite entre Paris et Saint-Bernard, 1909–1939. Exh. cat., Musée Paul-Dini, Musée municipal de Villefranche-sur-Saône. Villefranche-sur-Saône, 2011, p. 38.



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