Renoir's Dancer

Renoir's Dancer

The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

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A richly told biography of Suzanne Valadon, the illegitimate daughter of a provincial linen maid who became famous as a model for the Impressionists and later as a painter in her own right. Catherine Hewitt tells the remarkable tale of an ambitious, headstrong woman fighting to find a professional voice in a male-dominated world.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2018
Edition: First U.S. edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781250157652
Branch Call Number: BIO Valadon
Characteristics: viii, 470 pages, 16 unnumbered pges of plates : illustrations (some color); 25 cm

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Apr 11, 2018

I continued this read because of the fascination with Valadon's life, which was secret but not secret and I appreciated the play on the word in the title. It started off very academic and was difficult to get into, however persisting it got better and read like an academic work or journalism story. Quite long, but a good introduction to someone that I had never heard of before. Loved the cover, color scheming, and the feel of the pages beneath my fingers; the imagery and detail were delightful to peruse. Great recommendation from Chapel Hill library staff and email of historical biographies! Library science at it's best!

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