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Meet the Masters

Grade Three

ARTIST: PRINT:

UTRILLO, MAURICE (you-TRILL-oh, Maw-reez) (1883-1955)

STREET IN MONTMARTRE MUSEE d'ART MODERNE Paris, France

School of Paris Date: 1910 Size: 70 7/8" x 124 7/16" Medium: Oil on Cardboard

ARTIST - Maurice Utrillo was born in Paris on Christmas Day to an artist's model, Suzanne Valadon. He was a dreamy boy, sometimes timid, sometimes fearless. He was an average student attracted by the risks of truancy. In view of this, his mother's first husband put him into an unsuccessful apprenticeship in 1899. This began a series of failures that affected Utrillo's health and character development. Utrillo lived with the reputation of a madman. He struggled with bouts of alcoholism and was confined to sanitariums many times. A doctor first suggested to his mother that he try drawing or painting as a cure for his alcoholism.

Utrillo’s mother was a model for Toulouse-Lautrec, Renoir, and Degas. They all encouraged her and taught her to paint. She, in turn, taught her son what she had learned. Utrillo was an artist endowed with a talent for solid composition and a true sense of color.

PRINT - Street in Montmartre is an example of Utrillo's ability to combine perspective with Parisian architecture. Although some of Utrillo's streets are bathed in rich colors, here he has given us an almost white street. We find a faint hint of blue in the sky. On the left and right of the canvas, there are greens and yellows in the trees. These same greens and yellows are used for the shadings and details on the buildings. With these limited colors, the eye is drawn to the patterns in the windows and on the roofs. The brush strokes in the trees and on the road add texture to the 'white' mood.

PORTFOLIO E PAIRED WITH:

BONNARD THE ROSE ROAD

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