Lot n° 45
50 000 - 80 000 EUR
MAURICE UTRILLO (1883-1955)
Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right
46 x 61 cm - 18 1/8 x 24 in.
Le certificat n°22.709 rédigé en date du 8 octobre 1991 par Gilbert Pétrides et contresigné par Jean Fabris sera remis à l'acquéreur
Vente Loudmer, 25 mai 1997 Collection privée, France
This oil on canvas represents a country road with large houses in the background. A body of water borders this road, on which the silhouettes of the trees are reflected. Here, Utrillo moves away from the city to depict the countryside. A sense of tranquility emerges from this composition. The perspective given to the road gives an impression of immense depth to the canvas. The painter depicts this countryside scene in life, and seems to represent in a few brushstrokes what this landscape evokes for him.
Son of the famous artist and model Suzanne Valadon and an unknown father, Maurice Utrillo was born in 1883 at the foot of the Butte de Montmartre. The Spanish painter Miquel Utrillo, the lover of the artist's mother, recognized him and gave him his name. However, the name disappeared from the life of the young Maurice Utrillo. The child is then entrusted, despite his very young age, to his grandmother who lives north of Paris. An unstable personality, Utrillo fell into alcoholism and depression at an early age. He suffers fits of madness and nervous breakdowns, which lead him to suicide attempts. This pathology profoundly affects his studies. He stays several times in a psychiatric asylum. It was on his return from one of these hospital stays that his mother decided to introduce him to painting to help him channel his passions. Utrillo was already introduced to the world of art at a very young age: his mother frequented Parisian bohemian circles. Indeed, she was the muse and model for famous artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, Puvis de Chabannes and Van Gogh. It is from 1904 that the artist started to paint. He was first influenced by the impressionists and painted many urban landscapes. It is from 1909 that he is noticed for his talents by an art dealer. He was exhibited for the first time in the gallery of Clovis Sagot, then at the very famous Salon d'Automne in 1912. His greatest period takes place between 1909 and 1914: the White Period. The peculiarity of this period is the way he crushed white paint mixed with plaster on his canvases with a knife. Then from 1922 to 1955, he began his coloured period where bright tones dominate. It was then that the artist became commercially successful and became financially comfortable.
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