Lautrec made Suzanne’s acquaintance when she was a model, posing for artists such as Renoir and Puvis de Chavanne. She quickly took a deep interest in Lautrec’s work, and loved the unvarnished view of the world it contained. Like Lautrec, Suzanne was a talented painter herself, as he came to discover quite by accident. He greatly encouraged her gift. Through her determined efforts, Suzanne Valadon managed to make a place for herself in an artistic world that had long been dominated by men. In 1894, she became the first woman painter admitted to the Société des Beaux-arts.
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