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The Hangover (Suzanne Valadon)
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec paints Suzanne Valadon as a one-woman wolfpack who could easily fit into The Hangover movie.

Suzie is obviously contemplating where the rest of the pack is and/or whether or not she is going to throw up. She's definitely not ready to let the dogs out.

The model for this painting is Suzanne Valadon, who got it on with famous artists all through the late 1800s. By the look on her face of severe regret that one can only have after a long night of bad decision-making, we know that Suzie here was a party girl and believed that wine is an appropriate beverage for anytime of the day, especially as a hangover cure in the wee hours of the morning. She eventually settled down though … with her son’s best friend … who was 21 years younger than her. Kudos to the original cougar.

The painting is Post-Impressionist, meaning that it is supposed to show us how Lautrec felt rather than showing us what was actually there. Based on his alcoholism and affinity for prostitutes, I’d say the painting sums it all up. We connect to the painting, though, because we have all been in Suzie’s shoes: hungover, having a little “hair of the dog” while trying to remember what it is you did the night before, ultimately coming to the conclusion that you shouldn’t be allowed to drink ever again and take a complete vow of sobriety ... at least until the next time you go bar hopping.

The painting shows us the less appealing and ever-so-slightly nauseated side of the super-cool, eccentric, bohemian lifestyle of Lautrec and Valadon during Paris' Belle Époque.