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Marie-Clémentine (Suzanne) Valadon, Portrait of the Family

Marriage and Family Life

This series of commentaries examines relationships between artists and their families and illustrates common interpersonal themes in psychiatry.


Dead Mother I

Egon Schiele

Impact of paternal syphillis on family life
August 2004

The Family (Squatting Couple)

Egon Schiele

Happy family life and loss
September 2004

Jeanne Hébuterne

Amedeo Modigliani

Family Conflict, the Bohemian life, and death
July 2005

Portrait of the Family

Marie-Clémentine (Suzanne) Valadon

Coping with an alcoholic family member
September 2005

Whistler's Arrangement in Grey and Black, No. 1: Portrait of the Painter's Mother

James Abbott McNeill Whistler

Classic portrait of the artist's mother
December 2005

The Artist's Father

Paul Cézanne

Conflict in the family about career choice
January 2006


Edward Hopper

Marital conflict
July 2006

The Tempest

Oskar Kokoschka

Tempestuous affair with Alma Mahler
January 2007

Blue 1

Georgia O'Keeffe

Marital conflict and memorial art
February 2007

The Agnew Clinic

Thomas Cowperthwait Eakins

Complex family relationships
March 2007

The Child's Bath

Mary Cassatt

Male chauvinism and female independence
October 2008

Eugène Manet and His Daughter in the Garden at Bougival

Berthe Morisot

Child growing up among artists
December 2008

Champs de Mars: The Red Tower

Robert Delaunay

Harmonious relationship between Robert and Sonia Delaunay
September 2009

Mother and Child

Pierre-Auguste Renoir

Warm relationship between mother and child
October 2009

Landscape With the Fall of Icarus

Pieter Bruegel the Elder

Ovid's myth of youthful hubris when Icarus flies too close to the sun
July 2011