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Maurice UTRILLO (1883-1955)

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Paysage, 1937 Huile sur toile, signée et datée en bas à droite Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right 46 x 61 cm 18 1/8 x 24 in. Un certificat d'authenticité n° 22.709 rédigé par Gilbert Pétridès et contresigné par Jean Fabris en date du 8 octobre 1991 sera remis à l'acquéreur. PROVENANCE Vente Loudmer, 25 mai 1997 Collection particulière, France MAURICE UTRILLO Paysage, 1937 Rue à Bourg-la-Reine sous la neige, circa 1936-1937 Born in Paris in 1883, Maurice Utrillo has nothing to envy the unsubdued characters of the Comédie Humaine. An unwanted child of a father who leaves him only his name and an absent mother, he falls into alcoholism and is known for his violent outbursts and fits of dementia. After several suicide attempts and stays in nursing homes, it is finally painting that offers him a therapeutic refuge. Marked by his tumultuous youth, Utrillo's work is all the stronger, bearing witness to the bohemian Paris and province of the early 20th century. His early paintings are influenced by Impressionism, with a palette of contrasting colours, when the themes evoke his bohemian life through Montmartre, its cabarets, alleys, the mound but also the old churches. His talent was quickly noticed and he exhibited in 1909 in Clovis Sagot's gallery. The work of the artist, which some have wrongly described as naïve, challenged the merchant Libaude and subjugated Paul Pétridès. In 1913 and again in 1919, individual exhibitions were devoted to him; the accursed artist enjoyed undeniable success during his lifetime. This oil on canvas takes us just a few steps outside Paris. A snow-covered street is depicted in a few brushstrokes. High houses with green shutters frame the composition. In front of them, trees are solidly resisting the winter. In the foreground, the road takes us to the heart of the canvas and allows us to put it into perspective. The scene is deserted b

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