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20th January 2022

'Suzanne Valadon painted, one writer declared, “with an energy unheard of in a woman”. It’s hard to pin down what that gendered praise actually meant, since she eschewed the pink gauziness that some males (Renoir, say) slathered on the female body. There’s no sugariness to her nudes or marzipan in her flowers' (from the Financial Times again, here). This is The Blue Room 1923.

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