Little Stories of Great Women Artists is an original project of playful and educational animated videos for children from the age of 7 and older.The objective of each episode? To shed light on the life and work of a woman artist from the 19th or 20th century in a three-minutes video. Imagined by screenwriter Sophie Caron, each story conveys the originality of an artist’s approach, their importance within an artistic movement, certain significant biographical stories, as well as difficulties that the artist may have encountered in her practice.
In a landscape where children’s publications and activities about art privilege male artists, this new and unique project intends for younger audiences to be able to identify important figures beyond all gender stereotypes. Through the discovery of these women artists, we hope to invite as many people as possible to discover the emotion that art can bring.
This new episode takes us to Montmartre to delve into the work of Suzanne Valadon, a self-taught painter who spent most of her life in this area of Paris. While modeling for several artists, she met Degas who noticed her work and encouraged her to continue. She began drawing as a child, a practice she would continue throughout her life, and produced her first paintings at the age of 27. As a well-known artists during her lifetime, she exhibited regularly and the French government bought several of her works at the end of her life.
This project is made possible by the support of the Délégation à la transmission, aux territoires et à la démocratie culturelle of the Ministry of Culture, and the Fondation ENGIE.
Coordination : Mathilde de Croix with the AWARE team.
Screenwriter: Sophie Caron.
Illustrator: Louise Nelson.
Sound and image Editor: Hugo July.
Voice: Melha Mammeri Bossard.