15 February 2016

 

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To Paris for one night for the (excellent) Jacqueline Mesnil-Amar event; next morning to the (ditto excellent) Museum of Montmartre in the Rue Cortot to see the Suzanne Valadon exhibition (on until March 13th). Valadon was Utrillo’s mother but a fantastic painter in her own right. This is her Family Group ¬†1912 (normally in the Gare d’Orsay): it shows her, her, her mother, Utrillo and her young lover Andr√© Utter. Shaming not to have heard of Suzanne Valadon but there are two biographies in English and the exhibition catalogue so that can be swiftly remedied.