Reclining Nude

Suzanne Valadon French

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Suzanne Valadon posed as a model for the artists Renoir, Degas, and Toulouse-Lautrec before she began painting herself in 1893. While she favored still-lives and portraits, Valadon is best known for her paintings of female nudes—a subject rarely chosen by women painters at the time. The reclining nude in the present painting confronts the viewer through her gaze and proximity to the picture plane, yet she obscures her body, crossing her legs and covering her breasts. The pose evokes gestures of modesty associated with classical Antique sculpture.

Reclining Nude, Suzanne Valadon (French, Bessines-sur-Gartempe 1865–1938 Paris), Oil on canvas (lined)

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