We adore the artistic works of Utrillo, and are thrilled to offer this large wall hanging of one of his prints titled: "Christmas in Montmartre."
It is a beautiful, somewhat haunting winter landscape, executed in his typical tones of grays with muted colors of golds, reds and teal.
Measurements are: 23.5" x 17.5" (image) 27 1/4" x 21 1/4" (frame)
This print was at one time the property of the Ames (Iowa) library system and has many stamps on the back including:
"NY Graphic Society Ltd."
"In Memory of *** Hirschburg"
along with the library pocket and stamp.
The mat and frame suggest 1960s to 1970s era.
Excellent image; vivid colors. Wonderful winter scene. Charming print for seasonal decorating.
Background on Maurice Utrillo thanks to Artnet, and also from a charming blog by Corey Frye (titled "Frames of Reference: Utrillo's Montmartre"):
"Utrillo's story is a classic one of the tortured artist. He was born in Paris the day after Christmas in 1883 to a peasant mother who was employed as an artists' model for the likes of such masters as Renoir, Morisot, and Toulouse-Lautrec, and was mentored as an artist herself, by Degas. The baby's father's identity was unknown even to her, so rumors spread quickly past cobblestones and wooden shutters that it must have been one of her employers, possibly even Mr. Renoir.
Eventually a friend of the mother's (whom the boy had never met) agreed to adopt the child and give him his name of Utrillo.
Utrillo's youth was troubled by alcoholism, truancy, and mental illness, but he was urged by his mother to explore art as a way to deal with his struggles. With her guidance, Utrillo began to paint, and soon exhibited a real artistic talent. His paintings began to win him acclaim, and by 1920, his city scenes and landscapes were known around the world.
Some of his most famous works depicted the city of Paris, with a special focus on his Montmartre neighborhood. Perhaps most famous are his depictions of the Lapin Agile, a cabaret in the neighborhood that was frequented by the artists and writers of the time. Although he was troubled by his health in later years, Utrillo continued to paint scenes of his neighborhood from his window, and from memory.
He passed away in Montmartre in 1955, and since his death, several retrospectives of his work have taken place in Montmartre and in major museums throughout the world. His work is part of the collections at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, among many other institutions.
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