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The Mistress of Paris/Renoir’s Dancer

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Catherine Hewitt

Sunday 15th October 16:00 - 17:00 | Northwood House

Cultural historian, Catherine Hewitt’s debut biography, The Mistress of Paris, captures the  spirit of the celebrated 19th-century Parisian courtesan, Comtesse Valtesse de la Bigne, a bewitching redhead whose high-profile lovers enabled her to rise from poverty and amass fabulous wealth. Valtesse was painted by Édouard Manet and inspired novelist Émile Zola when he wrote his scandalous fiction Nana.  Catherine’s new book, Renoir’s Dancer, tells the dramatic tale of the French female painter, Suzanne Valadon. Suzanne began working as a model for Renoir, befriended painters Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas, and led an outrageous, bohemian lifestyle, which included giving birth to an illegitimate child who would become the gifted alcoholic painter, Maurice Utrillo.


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Catherine Hewitt: The Mistress of Paris/Renoir's Dancer£9.00
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