Lot 148
Old Master Paintings, Nineteenth Century & Early Modern Art | 15 December 2020
Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955)

The Sacré-Coeur on Montmartre in Paris

signed 'Maurice. Utrillo. V.' (lower right)

oil on board, 70x52 cm
Painted circa 1910.

-Bern, Kunstmuseum Bern, 'Utrillo', 13 January-17 March 1963, no. 43 (according to a label attached to the reverse).

-Paul Pétridès, 'l'Oeuvre complet de Maurice Utrillo', Paris 1959, Vol. I, p. 206, ill. no. 155.

-Collection Mr. Guy A. Weill, New York.
-Gallery Cliché Schiff, New York.
-With Kunsthandel E.J. van Wisselingh & Co., Amsterdam, inv. no. S 8415.
-Collection B. Meijer, Wassenaar, thence by descent to the present owners.

Maurice Utrillo was born in Montmartre on the wintery night of 26th of December 1883. Son of the model and painter Suzanne Valadon (1865-1938), and an unknown biological father — rumour has it that the biological father of Maurice could be Renoir or Boissy. Maurice got his name from the Spanish painter and writer Miguel Utrillo who recognized him as his child.

From a very young age, Utrillo suffered from anger and depression that he tried to suppress with alcohol. To get him out of these alcoholic breakdowns, his mother convinced him to paint.

Utrillo found in his home town his perfect subject. Nestled in the heart of the 18th arrondissement of Paris, with charming narrow, cobbled streets, Montmartre has the appearance of a small village, but is the effervescence of Parisian bohemianism. Throughout his career, the artist pays tribute to the Parisian Butte, its architecture and its most iconic building: the glorious Basilique du Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, which he represents in situ or from memory.

The style of Utrillo has been perceived as modern and naive. The artist’s style evolved throughout the years. At first, with his Montmagny Period (1904-1906) and later with his Impressionist Period (1907-1908). However, it is with his White Period (1909–1914) also known as ‘Manière Blanche’ that Utrillo is most famous. During this period, Utrillo radically bleached his palette by using white as his predominant tone. He created his white hues by using glue and white chalk to represent the material of Montmartre’s houses.

Utrillo had a successful and prolific career. He painted more than 5,000 canvases, almost all of them being Parisian streets scenes. The present view of La rue Saint-Vincent is an impressive example of Utrillo’s work. His variations of white; the cream tones of the façades and the luminous white on La Tour du Campanile du Sacré-Cœur — which majestically rose out of the blue sky — characterizes his naive yet poetic style. Together with his rather large palette, with nuanced accents of brown, green, orange and blue, this present work exudes the warm and cosy atmosphere of Montmartre. (For similar compositions, please compare this work to paintings with a similar composition at : Auction, Christie’s, New York, 8 May 2002, lot 274 and Auction, Sotheby’s, London, 5 February 2003, lot 268).

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Hamerprijs: € 42.000