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No Apologies: Suzanne Valadon

On-Site / Art in Context

Wednesdays, October 6 – October 27, 1 – 3pm


Suzanne Valadon. Self-Portrait (detail), 1927. Collection of the City of Sannois, Val d’Oise, France, on temporary loan to the Musée de Montmartre. © 2021 Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York. Photo by Stéphane Pons

$220; members $198
(4 classes; on-site)

Art in Context courses connect works of art to history: What was happening politically, socially, and culturally at the time a piece was made? How did these circumstances shape the artist’s formal choices?

About the Class

Learn about the irrepressible legacy of French painter Suzanne Valadon, whose life and art are radical in the context of the late 19th century: she lacked a formal education, identified with women of low social status, and loved unconventionally. Yet Valadon’s art holds a critical place in art history and is relevant and relatable today. This class will meet in the Comcast NBCUniversal Auditorium at the Barnes; each week, students will have special access to Suzanne Valadon: Model, Painter, Rebel in the Roberts Gallery for individual and group study.

Capacity: 80


Kathryn McFadden

McFadden teaches philosophy and art history and holds a certificate in painting and printmaking from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts. She earned her BFA and MFA at the University of Pennsylvania and a PhD from the Institute for Doctoral Studies in Visual Arts in Philosophy of Aesthetics and Art Theory.