Suzanne Runacher Biography

Suzanne Runacher




Suzanne Runacher, painter, sculptor, printmaker, and fashion illustrator, was born in Tientsin, China to French parents on May 16, 1912. She studied at the L'École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Runacher‘s work was included in the Salon des Artistes Français, where she received a medal in 1938. She studied printmaking at the Paris atelier of Johnny Friedlaender and began showing in the major print exhibitions in France in 1960; in 1966, her work was also included in the first International biennale in Krakow, Poland. Runacher was included in the Salon des femmes peintres et sculpteurs in Paris in 1966 and 1967, and also exhibited in Germany and South Africa. Her work is represented in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art, Paris; Centre Pompidou, France; the Minneapolis Institute of Art, MN, USA; the Philadelphia Museum of Art, PA, USA; University of California, Berkeley, USA; and Five Colleges and Historic Deerfield Museum Consortium, USA.

Runacher married Jean Bluche, so in researching her name it is often found hyphenated Bluche-Runacher. In 1962 Jean Bluche's book, Le Voyage de la Chimère, was published for which Suzanne created an etching for the frontispiece. Ruachner died in Paris, France, on May 24, 1999.