Excellent unique work by Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955), original, of considerable artistic importance, for collectors and estimators of the master, but also for simple art lovers.
His original works are regularly present in the most famous auction houses (Sotheby's, Christie's, etc.) ..., with remarkable estimates and achievements.
Coming from a private collection.
Published: L’oeuvre complete by Maurice Utrillo, Paul Petrides editeur Paris MCMLXXIV, Tome V, Table 2698 on page 226.
Title: Les ruines du Chateau de Chalucet (Haute-Vienne), 1922, Huile sur carton, cm. 32X38, signe et date en bas a droite, collection Mme Guerin, Paris.
Also our certificate of authenticity is included, complete with photo, description, year and dimensions.
Maurice Utrillo Valadon was born on December 26, 1883 in Montmartre, Paris, the illegitimate son of Suzanne (Marie Clémentine) Valadon who gave birth to him at the age of eighteen and never confessed who could be the real father of the child.
The one that in the future will become an iconic painter of that French period, also remembered for being the first woman to be admitted to the Société Nationale des Beaux-Art, who very young posed for other artists (Edgar Degas, Henry de Toulouse-Lautrec, Pierre- Auguste Renoir, Federico Zandomeneghi, etc.), entrusted little Maurice to his grandmother, who, not knowing how to handle his nephew's frequent epileptic seizures, tried to mitigate the latter, making him drink a glass of wine.
This led Maurice to have, as a teenager, a strong dependence on alcohol, which will accompany him throughout his life, despite his various stays in sanatoriums and psychiatric care facilities, which will never completely solve his addiction.
At the age of eight Maurice will take the last name from the Spanish painter Miguel Utrillo y Molins, who recognized him legally.
But this will never lighten his thought of not knowing who his real father was, in fact when he starts painting in 1902, his works will always be signed Maurice Utrillo V, with the first letter of his mother's surname.
When he was very young his mother gave him his first painting lessons, but basically it can be said that Utrillo was a self-taught painter.
In 1909 he exhibited his works for the first time at the "Automme" Salon, receiving a good opinion from critics.
In 1920 the painter has already gained international fame.
In 1923 an exhibition organized with his and his mother's works made him gain even more success, reaching a certain economic well-being.
The preferred representations of Utrillo were: The landscape nature, views of churches and cathedrals, narrow Parisian alleys, suburban bistros and the neighborhoods of Montmartre, his birthplace.
Even when he no longer lives in Paris, he will continue to paint these subjects simply by exploiting his memories, or by looking at a postcard.
In 1935, at the age of fifty-two, he married.
In 1955 he died in Dax and was buried in the Saint-Vincent cemetery of Montmartre, opposite the Lapin Agile cabaret.
Following an initial phase in which Utrillo was sensitive to impressionism, two distinct periods followed; in the first, defined as the "white" period (1908-1914), the artist influenced by the Fauve (innovative painters of the period), uses increasingly lighter colors.
In the second period, Utrillo's painting becomes more consistent, with more elaborate, complex, in a nutshell, more vivid images.
This can clearly be seen in the work that we are now proposing, being dated 1922. The colors are strong, nuanced, but always important; the well-defined details want to make a real image to the eye of the observer, where everything can happen suddenly at that moment.
Title: Les ruines du Chateau de Chalucet (Haute-Vienne)
Author: Maurice Utrillo
Technique: Oil on cardboard
Size in cm: 32 x 38 (only the work) - 53,7 x 59,5 (including the frame)
Frame thickness: 4 cm
Signatures, trademarks, origins: Signed and dated lower right
Item condition: Excellent
Ref no. F0039
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