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MAURICE UTRILLO - Huile sur planche

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MAURICE UTRILLO , PARIS, 1883 - DAX, 1955

Vase of flowers

Oil on board 41 x 33 cm

In this space saturated with materials and colours, a bouquet of roses can be distinguished in the centre. Bringing their clear and delicate spots into the surrounding tumult, these six roses, well bloomed, are as many breakthroughs of light. The vase that holds them, a blue globe with a single white reflection, rests centred on an orange table that advances towards the viewer. From the left, a white shape stretches out and reaches the vase; it probably represents some messily stretched tablecloth. Had it been black, this shape would have immediately evoked the shadow of the bouquet. The background, on the other hand, seems more abstract. In an amalgam of cooler colours, the same dark blue as the vase - a window? - shows through behind the flowers. A colourist with a twirling touch, Utrillo gives us here a subtle palette of colours that he superimposes more than he mixes, in irregular layers to play with their transparency. More interested in the treatment of the material than in the subject itself, he creates here a canvas close to abstraction.


Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) was a French painter who devoted himself mainly to urban landscapes. The son of the painter and model Suzanne Valadon, but of an anonymous father, he was to experience a troubled life, under the influence of alcoholism. Recognised late by the Catalan painter Utrillo, his mother's lover, he took his mother's name in 1891. Immersed in the bohemian artistic milieu of his mother's entourage, he was encouraged to paint by his mother. His signature testifies to his attachment to her with the final 'V.' for 'Valadon'. Trained by the painter Alphonse Quizet, he settled in Montmartre, which he chose as his favourite subject for his paintings. He painted the streets and cafés, which they frequented assiduously, where rare human figures sometimes slipped in. During his 'white period' (1909-1914), he used zinc, which he mixed with plaster, to convey the decrepitude of the walls of Montmartre. His naïve style nevertheless renders the topography of the place with precision. His acute sense of observation creates an atmosphere marked by a certain melancholy. A prolific but fragile painter, he made the most of his painting at a very early age, but his nervous and alcoholic crises led to several suicide attempts. However, sponsored by his mother's friends Renoir and Degas, he gained notoriety thanks to the art dealer Paul Guillaume, who organised his first major exhibition in 1922.

Provenance: Christie's sale, New York, 26 February 1990, lot 50; Matsart sale, Jerusalem, 28 November 2010, lot 44.
Signatur: Signed lower right
MAURICE UTRILLO , PARIS, 1883 - DAX, 1955

Vase of flowers

Oil on board 41 x 33 cm

In this space saturated with materials and colours, a bouquet of roses can be distinguished in the centre. Bringing their clear and delicate spots into the surrounding tumult, these six roses, well bloomed, are as many breakthroughs of light. The vase that holds them, a blue globe with a single white reflection, rests centred on an orange table that advances towards the viewer. From the left, a white shape stretches out and reaches the vase; it probably represents some messily stretched tablecloth. Had it been black, this shape would have immediately evoked the shadow of the bouquet. The background, on the other hand, seems more abstract. In an amalgam of cooler colours, the same dark blue as the vase - a window? - shows through behind the flowers. A colourist with a twirling touch, Utrillo gives us here a subtle palette of colours that he superimposes more than he mixes, in irregular layers to play with their transparency. More interested in the treatment of the material than in the subject itself, he creates here a canvas close to abstraction.


Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) was a French painter who devoted himself mainly to urban landscapes. The son of the painter and model Suzanne Valadon, but of an anonymous father, he was to experience a troubled life, under the influence of alcoholism. Recognised late by the Catalan painter Utrillo, his mother's lover, he took his mother's name in 1891. Immersed in the bohemian artistic milieu of his mother's entourage, he was encouraged to paint by his mother. His signature testifies to his attachment to her with the final 'V.' for 'Valadon'. Trained by the painter Alphonse Quizet, he settled in Montmartre, which he chose as his favourite subject for his paintings. He painted the streets and cafés, which they frequented assiduously, where rare human figures sometimes slipped in. During his 'white period' (1909-1914), he used zinc, which he mixed with plaster, to convey the decrepitude of the walls of Montmartre. His naïve style nevertheless renders the topography of the place with precision. His acute sense of observation creates an atmosphere marked by a certain melancholy. A prolific but fragile painter, he made the most of his painting at a very early age, but his nervous and alcoholic crises led to several suicide attempts. However, sponsored by his mother's friends Renoir and Degas, he gained notoriety thanks to the art dealer Paul Guillaume, who organised his first major exhibition in 1922.

Provenance: Christie's sale, New York, 26 February 1990, lot 50; Matsart sale, Jerusalem, 28 November 2010, lot 44.
Signatur: Signed lower right

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Tags: Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, 19th-21st Century Art, Modern & Impressionist Art