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Erik Satie
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Suzanne Valadon's 1893 portrait of Satie, painted during their six-month affair. Although she knew little about music, she was intelligent, free-spirited, and enjoyed alcohol and cigars as much as he did. "She has a tender little belch which is often inspiring" he enthused to a friend. He later told stories of how he ended the relationship by pushing Valadon out of a window or having the police chase her away; the truth was that Valadon was splitting her time between Satie and a lawyer she eventually married, opting for financial security over the hungry bohemian life. Satie never got over it. This portrait, two drawings he made of her on music paper, and a lock of the artist's hair were found among his effects after his death. In 1926 his brother gave Valadon a bundle of letters the late composer had written to her over the years but never sent. She read them, then destroyed them.
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