Maurice Utrillo

Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Wikipedia.

Utrillo, Maurice

(o͞otrē`lō, Fr. mōrēs` ütrēlō`), 1883–1955, French painter. He was the son of the painter Suzanne ValadonValadon, Suzanne
, 1867–1938, French painter. After abandoning successful careers as an acrobat and as artist's model to many of the major impressionists, Valadon, encouraged by Toulouse-Lautrec and Degas, became a painter.
..... Click the link for more information.
 and was adopted by the writer Miguel Utrillo. His mother taught him to paint in order to divert him from the alcoholism that ravaged him from a very early age. Utrillo's favorite themes were the street scenes of Paris, particularly of Montmartre, and Montmagny. Within an almost hallucinatory vision, he developed a personal style based on a modified cubismcubism,
art movement, primarily in painting, originating in Paris c.1907. Cubist Theory

Cubism began as an intellectual revolt against the artistic expression of previous eras.
..... Click the link for more information.
 and a fine sense of atmosphere and composition. In his later years he lost much of his original power. An extremely prolific painter, Utrillo is well represented in American and European collections.


See biographies by W. George (1960) and P. de Polnay (rev. ed. 1969).

Utrillo, Maurice


Born Dec. 25, 1883, in Paris; died Nov. 5, 1955, in Dax, Landes. French landscape painter.

Utrillo grew up in an artistic milieu. He studied under his mother, the artist S. Valadon, and was influenced by C. Pissarro. Among the recurrent themes in his works are the narrow abandoned streets of Montmartre, with their blank walls, closed shutters, and sparse greenery. Utrillo worked most creatively from 1908 into the second decade of the 20th century. His works of these years, his “white period,” are rigidly and somewhat naively balanced and executed with precise draftsmanship. His brush-work is highly textured, and his subtle palette is cold and transparent, occasionally softened by warm tones. Atmospheric effects in his paintings are fresh and crisp.

Utrillo’s early works are permeated with a contemplative melancholy that evokes the bitterness and tragedy of human alienation. Notable examples include Street in Montmartre (c. 1910, Tate Gallery, London), Moulin de la Galette (1915, private collection, Paris), and Basilique Sacré Coeur (1916, private collection, New York).

In the 1920’s, Utrillo’s palette became brighter and the mood of his landscapes more cheerful, for example, Rue Saint-Rustique (1922, private collection, Milan).


Utrillo: Parizh. [Album. Compiled and with a text by M. N. Prokofieva.] Moscow, 1969.
Pétridès, P. L’Oeuvre complète de Maurice Utrillo, vols. 1–2,4–5. Paris, 1959–74.
Mentioned in ?
References in periodicals archive ?
But Japanese buyers were particularly interested in minor Ecole de Paris painters like Marie Laurencin, Maurice Utrillo and Tsuguji Fujita, who worked in Paris in the first half of this century yet were uninfluenced by the prevailing Cubist and Surrealist movements.
Rich often tells the story of an artists, Elisee Maclet, who painted with Maurice Utrillo in 1906.
Contract notice: groslay-montmagny-construction of 93 lgts individual rental locatedgroslay-montmagny street, avenue maurice utrillo, path of the finchesmontmagny-95, avenue maurice utrillo reference number: dmos-grolay-tx lgt
Ante la paralisis jurisdiccional, Andre Malraux, recien nombrado ministro de Cultura frances por el general De Gaulle, tomo la justicia en sus manos: visito una serie de galerias de Paris y requiso una gran cantidad de pinturas falsas de los pintores franceses Maurice Utrillo y de Corot, y en la plaza Ravigan, en Montmartre, organizo una gran pira y cerca de 300 pinturas falsas atribuidas a estos dos pintores ardieron ahi.
"These include works by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Maurice Utrillo and Kees Van Dongen, as well as an impressive selection of modern British paintings by Augustus John that she inherited from her father."
Maurice Utrillo is preferred to Precious Gem in the closing maiden (6.15), while the Joanna Morgan-trained Genesi has possibilities in the 1m4f handicap (3.10).
Paris was also the inspiration for Maurice Utrillo's illustrations for Chronicles of Bohemian Montmartre.
Gifts presented to King George VI and Queen Elizabeth include a Rene Lalique glass table service and watercolours by Edouard Vuillard, Raoul Dufy and Maurice Utrillo. The Princesses Elizabeth and Margaret Rose, who did not accompany their parents to Paris, were given two extraordinary dolls, France and Marianne.
Aidan O'Brien can saddle a double courtesy of the newcomer FAMOUS and MAURICE UTRILLO who looks to have been found a suitable opportunity in the concluding mile maiden.
These include 2,000 Guineas favourite Mastercraftsman, who has already posted an 120+ RPR, and four-year-old filly Moonstone, who has scope for improvement if she stays in training, while the others are three-year-olds Westphalia, Rip Van Winkle, Hail Caesar, Byzantine, Roman Express, Masterofthehorse and Maurice Utrillo, who O'Brien will hope can fill the void left by his top three-year-olds last season Henrythenavigator, Frozen Fire and Halfway To Heaven.
Favourite Maurice Utrillo, stablemate of the runner-up and a first ride back from suspension for Johnny Murtagh, could finish only third.