Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon

Catherine Hewitt's 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. In the 1880s, Suzanne Valadon was considered the Impressionists? most beautiful model. But behind her captivating façade lay a closely-guarded secret. Suzanne was born in Catherine Hewitt's richly told biography of Suzanne Valadon, the illegitimate daughter of a provincial linen m...

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Title:Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon
Author:Catherine Hewitt
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Genres:Biography
ISBN:125015765X
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:480 pages pages

Renoir's Dancer: The Secret Life of Suzanne Valadon Reviews

  • Susan Liston
    Jul 02, 2018
    Beautiful book, nicely illustrated, but just failed to engage me for some reason, took me forever to wade through it. Could have been half the length, I think was the problem. The author is young and is obviously enthusiastic about her subject, but for me, too much so. I just kept want...
  • Donna
    Aug 12, 2018
    Eye opening biography of a woman whose passionate and messy existence was at the center of French art during decades of immense creativity and societal change. I had no idea Suzanne Valadon's life was so fascinating, and that her path crossed the preponderance of the male painters from...
  • Michelle
    May 06, 2018
    This was beautifully done. I learned a LOT and I thought I had already read a lot about this period and these people. Wonderful and needed book. ...
  • Cynthia
    Feb 23, 2018
    It?s only February but I bet Renoir?s Dancer will be one of my favorites for 2018. Hewitt has an engaging style that flows though it?s filled with lots of things such as dates, people and place names. Marie-Clementine Valadon was born in 1865 in Limousin France to an unwed mother...
  • Marie (UK)
    Mar 22, 2018
    I picked this up for a GR challenge drawn more by the name of Renoir than the main subject of the book, Suzanne Valadon. However never having heard of Valadon I was drawn in by this well written book. Not only does it describe the artist and her life but also the French / Parisian life...
  • Margaret
    May 28, 2018
    I enjoy reading about artists and this one in particular was very good. ...
  • Susan
    Mar 30, 2018
    I did enjoy Renoir's Dancer, however I found it overwhelming at times. I realize the Author needs to speak of what is happening at the time, so the story will be fully understood, I felt many times the Author did get carried away with outside happenings. ...
  • Kathy
    Jun 20, 2018
    Suzanne Valadon was a poor French country girl when she moved to Paris toward the end of the 19th century and became an artist's model for some of the leading artists of the time. More than that, however, she became a well-respected artist in her own right. Her fame, however, was event...
  • Kristine
    Mar 12, 2018
    Renoir's Dancer by Catherine Hewitt is a free NetGalley ebook that I read in late February. In the case of Marie-Clementine/Maria/Suzanne Valadon and her son, Maurice, I don't think that this is so much a biography (and a research-based, lovingly rendered one, at that) about them, t...
  • Andrea Johnson
    Apr 16, 2018
    3.5 stars. This book was not at all what I expected. It is an interesting biography of Suzanne Valadon, a French girl who modeled for Renoir and others before she began her own succcessful painting career. I had never heard of her, so learned a lot. ...
  • Azabu
    Jan 20, 2018
    Housemaid?s child ?father unknown? to the belle of Montmartre where she served as Renoir?s muse, talented artist in her own right yet known to history as mother of painter Maurice Utrillo. Valadon?s impact on the late 1890s art scene brings to life fierce friendships, with a ...
  • Linda
    Jan 15, 2018
    "The pain passes, but the beauty remains." (Pierre-Auguste Renoir) And sometimes that pain leaves scars unseen with the human eye. Scars kept hidden in the deep folds of life known only by the one who bears their weight. Catherine Hewitt presents a fascinating glimpse into the l...
  • Tiffany
    Feb 13, 2018
    Catherine Hewitt's Renoir's Dancer expertly examines the life and influence of Marie-Clémentine Valadon, later known as Suzanne Valadon. I admit that the narrative is slow sometimes, but this did not really deter my interest in the book. Before reading Hewitt's work, I no idea of the ...
  • Ashley
    Feb 25, 2018
    **I received an ebook copy via NetGalley in return for an honest review.** I really enjoyed this book because it gave so much insight into the art world in France during the 20th century. While the story focuses on Suzanne Valadon and her modeling and painting career, Cathrine Hewit...
  • Diane Nahallage
    Jun 09, 2018
    Very dry reading, but I was so interested in the subject matter that I soldiered through it. I learned much about the personal lives of impressionist artists. I would only recommend this book to others with a similar DEEP interest. ...
  • Gwen
    Feb 28, 2018
    What a wonderful book about someone that knows anything about. My parents, when I was young, got me interested in the Impressionist period of painting. This story brings this period of time to life and gives us an inside look at one woman who changed the way you look at painting. ...
  • Gina
    Dec 06, 2017
    This is an excellent biography of Suzanne Valadon, a 19th century painter, born in the deep French countryside as an illegitimate child to a single working mother. Her extraordinary life in which she transcended her early work as a painter?s model in Montmartre, to Renoir, Degas and ...
  • nikkia neil
    Feb 27, 2018
    Thanks St. Martin's Press and netgalley for this ARC. This bio takes you back in time in that titillating, thilling, and magical way only a special author has the power to bestow. ...
  • Polly Krize
    Feb 28, 2018
    I received an ARC of this book in exchange for an honest review. Anyone who has seen Renoir's paintings of dancers may not be able to resist this biography of one of these graceful women, Suzanne Valadon. A friend to many of the Impressionist painters, this strong woman was a painte...
  • Joann Amidon
    Apr 14, 2018
    A delightful book, not just about Suzanne Valadon and her son, Maurice Utrillo, but also of many other artists in Paris in the late 1800s. It was the time of the construction of the Eiffel Tower and also the break from traditional painting. Much excitement and vitality. Hewitt has writ...
  • Margie
    Mar 16, 2018
    Fabulous addition to the growing body of women?s art history. Suzanne Valadon was a well-known and highly acclaimed artist in her own right, as this book clearly documents, so I really have to wonder how and why they chose the title ?Renoir?s Dancer.? Why do we keep defining wo...
  • Vanessa Couchman
    Dec 06, 2017
    A fascinating study of the life of Suzanne Valadon, an artist's model in the late 19th century who drew in secret and was discovered by Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas. She went on to become one of the most celebrated artists of her day, as much for her chaotic and Bohemian lifestyle as for...
  • Anne
    Mar 27, 2018
    I really enjoyed reading this biography of an artist of whom I previously knew very little. I learned a lot not only about Valadon, but the other artists she knew, and the time and place in which they lived, which was fascinating. The author had a knack for making historical figures co...
  • Celia Giltinan-Kneip
    Jun 24, 2018
    Great read and very educational. I kept going to my computer to Google names and images Ms. Hewitt references. I never took art history and found this book to include both art history as well as social history. I enjoyed the vocabulary, sentence structure and most of all the captivatin...
  • Chris
    Dec 17, 2017
    Excellent Artist Biography Diminished by Misleading Title and Cover Anyone who picks up this book expecting a book-length exposé on Renoir?s relationship with one of his favorite models, along with gossipy revelations about Suzanne?s Valadon?s life, is in for a bit of a disappo...
  • Laura Lander
    Nov 14, 2018
    I enjoy art and I enjoy biographies and this one is excellent. I could hardly put it down. I had no previous knowledge of this renowned artist though I had seen her face in famous paintings. An amazing life. Well researched and superbly written. ...
  • Vicki (MyArmchairAdventures)
    Sep 20, 2018
    Our ballet focused book club picked Renoir?s Dancer which was a biography on the life of Suzanne Valadon. Much to our surprise, Suzanne was not a dancer but was a muse and model for Renoir and many other Impressionistic painters of the time, and became an accomplished painter herself...
  • Ellen
    Jul 21, 2018
    If I could do 3 1/2 stars I would. One the one hand, this is a much needed biography, and addition to the narrative of the Paris art world, especially it's bohemian core. On the other hand, Hewitt's prose suffers from a distinctly purple cast and her imagination, her vision of what peo...
  • Lauren Straley
    Jul 18, 2018
    Suzanne Valdon is just the type of person that warrants a rigorous biography as this book. Renoir?s Dancer whisks the reader into a haze of French art, literature, and cafes. I was sincerely impressed with the rigor blended with beautiful prose. I couldn?t recommend this book m...
  • Liz Pardey
    Sep 12, 2018
    A servicable biography but I really don't like biographies that fill in dialogue for their characters. This was over a hundred years ago and I really doubt that a near-illiterate family would record their conversations so we could get Suzanne telling her mother 'I'm going to go work in...