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Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938) was a French painter. She was the mother of the painter Maurice Utrillo. She was the illegitimate daughter of a laundress. In the early 1880s she became an artist’s model, posing for such artists as Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, and Pierre-Auguste Renoir. By observing the artists for whom she modeled, she began to learn technique and to draw and produce pastels. About 1890 she met Edgar Degas, who admired and purchased her work.