Stepping into an artist’s studio is a magical thing, it’s like getting permission to sift through their personal drawer – you get to see what they’re working on, their scribblings, observe their surroundings and how their everyday objects are placed – small traces of their passage; it’s a short yet enchanting glimpse into the inner workings of their life and process…
This is how I felt when I visited the reconstructed studio of French painter Suzanne Valadon, a prolific yet overlooked 19th century Montmartre artist whose comtemporaries included Edgar Degas, Auguste Renoir and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec. Her atelier exudes an atmosphere of a creative heart still beating, and as you look beyond the large windows overlooking the gardens dedicated to Renoir at the wistful views of the rooftops of Montmartre, you’re reminded that this space and all that surrounds it is filled with the stuff of storybooks.
“I am a part of all that I have met” ― Alfred Tennyson
Suzanne Valadon’s former home and studio are now part of the Musée Montmartre, which houses an extraordinary collection of artworks recounting the history of Montmartre during its heyday.