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The Bath

A work made of pastel, with fabricated black chalk and stumping on tan wove paper, edge mounted on millboard.

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  • A work made of pastel, with fabricated black chalk and stumping on tan wove paper, edge mounted on millboard.

Date:

1905

Artist:

Suzanne Valadon
French, 1865-1938

About this artwork

While she received little formal artistic training, Suzanne Valadon had many opportunities to observe artists at work as she modelled for painters such as Henri de Toulouse- Lautrec and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Valadon’s experiences as an artist’s model informed her own renderings of female subjects, whom she portrayed sympathetically and realis- tically as they engage in everyday domestic activities. The Bath is one such deliberately rough and unidealized scene: a young girl bathes with the help of her grandmother. Despite their physical intimacy, the child looks away, her icy blue stare complicating the nurturing relationship a viewer might expect from this type of scene.

On View

Prints and Drawings, Gallery 242

Artist

Suzanne Valadon

Title

The Bath

Origin

France

Date

1905

Medium

Pastel, with fabricated black chalk and stumping on tan wove paper, edge mounted on millboard

Dimensions

685 × 548 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph R. Shapiro

Reference Number

1996.640

Extended information about this artwork

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