Suzanne Valadon, ‘Grandmere et Enfant’, 1908, Harris Schrank Fine Prints

Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938), Grandmere et Enfant, drypoint, 1908, signed in pencil lower right margin [also signed and dated 1908 in the plate]; printed after 1908. Reference: Petrides 14. On BFK Rives paper (cream wove), with their watermark. In good condition, with very wide margins (some staining in the margins, not affecting image), 9 x 8 1/4, the sheet 18 3/8 x 14 1/2 inches.

A fine, fresh impression, with much plate tone, and substantial drypoint burr.

At the time this etching was made, Suzanne Valadon was about 43. A favorite character among Picasso (at this time engaged in the development of cubism) and his crowd at the Lapin-Agile in Paris, she had just left her husband and began living with a much younger man; this was a period of heightened creativity and happiness for Valadon (marred only by her concerns about her wayward son, the painter Maurice Utrillo).

About Suzanne Valadon

French, 1865-1938, Bessines, France, based in France