Autumn in Paris, Museum of Montmartre and Renoir’s Garden

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automn,

2015 Paris, Montmartre, autumn

Welcome to automn, step into the gardens …

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, autumn, Museum of Montmartre

Rue Cortot 75018 Paris

EXPOSITION : Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, André Utter: 12, rue Cortot

Le Musée of Montmartre dedicates this exhibition in celebration of Suzanne Valadon’s 150th birthday. A showcase of 150 works depicting the creative complicity and intimacy of these three artists. The “Infernal Trio” as they were known, left their mark on the art world. At the turn of the 20th century, the studios of 12 – 14 rue Cortot were an important creative centre, and home to numerous artists. Suzanne, her partner André Utter and her son Maurice lived in this studio from 1912 to 1926. Valadon was Renoir’s favorite model, and it was Toulouse-Lautrec who called her Suzanne whose name at birth was Maria Clémentine.  She was known as one of the first women painters of her generation.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, autumn, Museum of Montmartre

The garden of Renoir, and other artists who occupied this studio and residence.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, autumn, Museum of Montmartre

The entry sector of the garden: “If you paint a tree without using a model, your imagination will only supply you with a few leaves: but Nature offers you millions, all on the same tree. No two leaves are exactly the same. The artist who paints only what is in his mind must very soon repeat himself.”~ Piere-Auguste Renoir (1841 – 1919)

2015 Paris, Monmartre, autumn, Museum of Monmartre

La Balonçaire, (The swing),  painted in 1876 by Auguste Renoir, was presented at Exposition in 1877, and  was badly received by the critics. It was purchased by Gustave Caillbotte (as recounted in Museum of Montmartre placard marking the actual swing, balanced on a large spring).

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Enter the painter’s world ….

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Self – portrait painted 1883 Suzanne Valadon. “The greatest artists are those who impose their personal vision upon humanity.” ~Maupassant (1850 – 1893), Preface to Pierre et Jean, 1887.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Studio, beloved home of the heart of the artist, whomever he or she may be….

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Storage and more storage of canvas, frames, paints, wipe cloths, props, old works, bits of inspiration, and memories of a richly emotional life.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Could have just stepped out of the time machine from the past….

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

The feel is cosy; production is at times vast and far away as well as ever-present and lively, reflected in prolific production.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Collecting inspiration, perhaps?

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Study; as if Maurice were young ….

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Study; a boy and and his easel.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Study; boy painter….

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, automn, Museum of Montmartre

Woman with black hair, work of Suzanne Valadon.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, autumn, Museum of Montmartre

Woman with red hair and a tarot reader, work by Suzanne Valadon.

2015 Paris, Monmartre, automne, Museum of Monmartre

2015 Paris, Montmartre, autumn, Museum of Montmartre

The quintessential studio piece.

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