1883. Oil on canvas. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, MA, USA. Read Note.
Valadon, Suzanne (1867-1938), real name: Marie Clementine Valadon, illegitimate child, had a neglected childhood in Montmartre. At the age of 18 she herself had an illegitimate son, Maurice Valadon, who later became the artist Utrillo. She earned her living as a model; was a model and lover of Puvis de Chavannes and Renoir. Encouraged and instructed by the artists, for whom she sat as a model, she began to paint herself.
See: Pierre-Auguste Renoir. City Dance (Suzanne Valadon and Eugène Pierre Lestringuez).
Pierre-Auguste Renoir. Girl Braiding Her Hair (Suzanne Valadon).