Madonna of the sailors
May 18, 2014 6:47 AM   Subscribe

Little remembered Suzy Solidor was frequently an artists model.
Some of the images are NSFW
Starting in the early 1920´s she was painted by Foujita possibly after their shared holiday in Deauville and then in 1927 by the fauvist Kees von Dongen.
In 1930 she opened her nightclub La Vie Parisienne the same year modelling in a BSDM take for Man Ray among others.
In 1933 her lover Tamara Lempicka ( previously ) painted her.
Like her friend Jean Cocteau (pictured 1938) she collaboratored during the occupation by keeping her club open and in 1940 Picabia painted her and she became known as the Madonna of the Sailors.
Here is a recording of her version of Lily Marlene and some more
She moved to Cagnes sur Mer after the war and modelled up to her death in 1983 (Marie-Pascale Deleun)
She left her portraits to the Chateau Grimaldi museum.
posted by adamvasco (14 comments total) 35 users marked this as a favorite
Very cool lady.
posted by GallonOfAlan at 6:51 AM on May 18, 2014

I'd seen a few of the portraits before, but hadn't known who she was.
posted by Dip Flash at 6:59 AM on May 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

What a fascinating life.
posted by arcticseal at 6:59 AM on May 18, 2014

That is fascinating. Thanks for the links...
posted by Alexandra Kitty at 7:25 AM on May 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

Fascinating is a great word for Solidor. It's also very interesting to see the art grouped by subject, particularly by a subject who isn't (any longer?) famous, as compared to portraits of politicians, kings, and other state figures.
posted by immlass at 8:13 AM on May 18, 2014

adamvasco, you can always be counted on for fascinating art posts - thanks for another!
posted by madamjujujive at 8:58 AM on May 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

Thanks mjj. Um abraco. I think I screwed up the Picabia date and it should have been around 1933 anyway Suzy had over 200 portraits painted of her. Here is a bit more about her in French and for anyone who cares amazon fr has a biography and for more portraits by Man Ray at the Pompidou put ´´Solidor´´ in the search box.
posted by adamvasco at 9:11 AM on May 18, 2014

Thanks, first time I've ever heard about her. The vid inside the links seems to be from the 80s, not the 60s. The Picabia portrait is beautiful. Thanks again !
posted by nicolin at 9:21 AM on May 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

I don't get it. If this is the Madonna of the Sailors, I don't see anything in it that is even remotely related to Madonnas or sailors.
posted by charlie don't surf at 10:25 AM on May 18, 2014

The songs Charlie, the songs.
posted by adamvasco at 10:31 AM on May 18, 2014 [1 favorite]

A little bit more in French from the fr wiki which I should have checked to begin with. Enough from me. Enjoy.
posted by adamvasco at 12:06 PM on May 18, 2014

Je ne comprends pas.

I personally prefer Picabia's earlier style of portraiture.
posted by charlie don't surf at 5:52 PM on May 18, 2014

Oh dear back again.
In the fourties Picabia moved on from angles to curves and his paintings decorated brothels across N. Africa.
posted by adamvasco at 1:11 PM on May 19, 2014


I always thought Picabia's later work, especially his portraiture, was embarrassing and kinda ruined his legacy. But painters have needs. Still, the guy who did this in 1951 is not the same artist that did this in 1913.
posted by charlie don't surf at 6:29 PM on May 19, 2014

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