Maurice Utrillo  (French, 1883-1955) 

Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883–1955), born in Paris, was a painter specialized in cityscapes. His mother, Suzanne Valadon (French, 1865–1938), was an artist's model, and Utrillo grew up with her in the famous Montmartre quarter of the city, which is known for its artistic and bohemian community. Valadon modeled for French artists, such as Berthe Morisot (1841–1895), Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841–1919), and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864–1901), and was inspired by them to begin to create art herself. She taught herself to paint, was mentored by Edgar Degas (French, 1834–1917), and soon became known for her artistic ability. Utrillo's youth was troubled by alcoholism, truancy, and mental illness, but he was urged by his mother to explore art as a way to deal with his struggles.

With her guidance, Utrillo began to paint, and soon exhibited a real artistic talent. His paintings began to win him acclaim, and by 1920, his city scenes and landscapes were known around the world. Some of his most famous works depicted the city of Paris, with a special focus on his Montmartre neighborhood. Perhaps most famous are his depictions of the Lapin Agile, a cabaret in the neighborhood that was frequented by the artists and writers of the time. Although he was troubled by his health in later years, Utrillo continued to paint scenes of his neighborhood from his window, and from memory. He passed away in Montmartre in 1955, and since his death, several retrospectives of his work have taken place in Montmartre and in major museums throughout the world. His work is part of the collections at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, among many other institutions.

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Maurice Utrillo, Vue de Montmartre


Maurice Utrillo
Vue de Montmartre

Auction: May 16, 2014
Dobiaschofsky Auktionen
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Maurice Utrillo, Personnages à Montmartre


Maurice Utrillo
Personnages à Montmartre

Auction: Apr 23, 2014
Fine Art Auctions Miami
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Maurice Utrillo, The Factories / Les Usines


Maurice Utrillo
The Factories / Les Usines
circa 1954

Gilden's Arts UK
Maurice Utrillo, Bourg la Reine, sous la neige


Maurice Utrillo
Bourg la Reine, sous la neige

Galerie Dreyfus
Maurice Utrillo, Le Maquis à Montmartre


Maurice Utrillo
Le Maquis à Montmartre

Galerie Dreyfus
Maurice Utrillo, Rue de banlieue


Maurice Utrillo
Rue de banlieue

Galerie Dreyfus
Maurice Utrillo, Le Moulin de la Galette


Maurice Utrillo
Le Moulin de la Galette
circa 1912

Willow Gallery
Maurice Utrillo, Eglise de Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Eglise de Banlieue)


Maurice Utrillo
Eglise de Bessines-sur-Gartempe (Eglise de Banlieue)
circa 1916

Frans Jacobs Fine Art
Maurice Utrillo, Le maquis de Montmartre


Maurice Utrillo
Le maquis de Montmartre
circa 1931

Frans Jacobs Fine Art
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Maurice Utrillo, Montmartre vecu


Maurice Utrillo
Montmartre vecu, 1947


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Maurice Utrillo, Untitled, pl.6 (from Utrillo Valadon) (+ 2 others; set of 3)


Maurice Utrillo
Untitled, pl.6 (from Utrillo Valadon) (+ 2 others; set of 3)


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Maurice Utrillo, Untitled (set of 2 from Paris Capitale)


Maurice Utrillo
Untitled (set of 2 from Paris Capitale), 1955


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1883   Born: in Paris, France on December 26th
1909 - 1914   “White Period”, used zinc white often with plaster to depict aging, cracked walls
1915 - 1924   “Colour Period”, intense colors outlined by hard black lines
1928   Made a chevalier of the Legion of Honour
1955   Died: in Le Vésinet, France on November 5th
2007   Maurice Utrillo: le Montmartre du rêve et de la poésie, Mitaka City Gallery, Tokyo
2002   Paris, Capitale des Arts: 1900-1968, Royal Academy of Arts, London
1982   Les Peintres Indépendants de Montmartre: 1920-1940, Musée de Montmartre, Paris
1968   Painting in France, 1900-1967: A Loan Exhibition organized by the Ministry of Cultural Affairs and le Musée National d’art moderne, Paris, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY
1939   Pissarro to Utrillo: For the Young Collector, Perls Gallery, NY
1936   Maurice Utrillo: The White Period (1911-1914), Galerie Bignou, NY (solo)
1923   Peinture moderne, groupe II, Bernheim-Jeune, Paris
1923   Exhibition of Contemporary European Paintings and Sculpture, The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philidelphia
1919   Exposition d’ouevres de Maurice Utrillo, Galerie Lepoutre, Paris (solo)
1912   Salon d’automne, Grand Palais, Paris (solo)