Artist Spotlight: Maurice Utrillo

November 11, 2018

Maurice Utrillo made a splash in the Parisian art world at the tender age of 22. With the support of his mother, who was herself a painter and a frequent model for Renoir and Lautrec, Utrillo’s artistic identity sprung from the bohemian fodder of the Montmartre art scene at the turn of the twentieth century. Known for his cityscapes, Utrillo developed a style that blended Impressionism and Cubism.  The painter routinely captured Montparnasse and the other havens of his fellow artists, writers, and poets. Along with Amedeo Modigliani, Utrillo was a part of Les peintres maudits, or the cursed painters, who despite their moniker enjoyed considerable commercial success.  In 1909, Utrillo began showing his work at the famed Salon d’Automne. It was at this point that his works began to attract national attention and acclaim. While Utrillo spent much of his life on the fringes of polite society, in 1928 he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor by the French government, and has come to be recognized a pioneer of the School of Paris.

Maurice Utrillo, Rue de Village Sous la Neige à Sannois, c. 1916
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian


Lot 22
Maurice Utrillo
Rue de Village Sous la Neige à Sannois
c. 1916
Oil on canvas
Signed lower right edge of canvas; retains Galerie Daniel Malingue label canvas stretcher verso
Together with photocertificate from Jean Fabris and Galerie Gilbert & Paul Pétridès dated February 27, 1998, and photocertificate from Galerie Daniel Malingue dated February 20, 1987
Canvas (vis.): 17.5″ x 21″; Frame: 28.5″ x 33″; (Canvas: 44 x 53 cm)
Provenance  Galerie Daniel Malingue, Paris, France; Private Collection (acquired through Sotheby’s, London, United Kingdom, November 29, 1989, lot 273); Christie’s, London, United Kingdom, June 27, 2000, lot 263

Estimate: $40,000–60,000
November 18, 2018 Auction, The Collection of Gerard L. Cafesjian

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