The models for this painting were two of M. Renoir’s friends, Paul August Llhote and Suzanne Valadon.
Mme. Valadon may have been more than a model and was believed to have had many affairs with the artists who asked her to pose for them.
Indeed Tolouse- Lautrec gave her the name Suzanne (she was born Marie-Clemintine) after the bible story of Susanna and the Elders.
The fair Susanna was much sought after and ultimately the object of lust.
Mme. Valdon became an artist in her own right and was the first woman painter who was admitted to the Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts.
Original Painting by Pierre Auguste Renoir (1883)