This rebellious female painter of bold nude portraits has been overlooked for a century

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Over a century ago, Suzanne Valadon began painting lively nude portraits of sensual and self-assured women, with full, curvy bodies and pubic hair. Occasionally, she painted nude men as well, bucking art historical tradition and presenting them as figures of desire. Her canvases were full of bold outlines, vibrant colors and loose brushwork, and she deftly illustrated her subjects’ interior lives, rather than the idealized scenes of leisure so prevalent at the time.

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