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Maurice Utrillo French Painter of the early 1900’s
Maurice Utrillo Maurice was born on December 26 th, 1883, the son of Suzanne Valadon. His mother was a famous painter and a model for Renoir, Degas and Toulouse Lautrec. Maurice was raised by his grandmother who was quite strict! As a young child his mother taught him to paint.
Maurice Utrillo Maurice liked to model for his mother’s paintings, because he could spend time with her. When he was 8 years old, Miguel Utrillo, a Spanish art critic and a friend of his mothers’ was worried that he did not have a father and gave him his last name. After recognizing Maurice as his son this was the last time he would see him!
Maurice Utrillo Maurice did not do well at school, he was withdrawn and shy. His mother suggested painting as an outlet for his unhappiness. She taught him well, but he had emotional and physical problems to overcome. At 18 he was put in an Asylum to fight his illness, he had problems with Alcoholism and was institutionalized many times in life. Maurice liked the Asylum as a retreat and took up painting again as therapy.
Maurice Utrillo In the fall and winter of 1903, he created over 150 canvases. All of his paintings contained some kind of architecture, he seldom painted portraits. He once said, ‘I believe I am too shy. I cannot look people straight in the eye, so cannot paint them well. Sometimes I do paint human figures but the further in the background they are, the better I like them.’
Maurice Utrillo One rainy evening in 1905, unable to sell any of his paintings to a gallery, he walked up to a man in the street and offered him a painting. The stranger happened to be the son of a famous artist, Pisarro. This man recognized the value of the paintings and by the next day all of Maurice’s paintings had been sold!
Maurice Utrillo Art critics finally began to see Utrillo, an unknown artist, as an asset to the art world. The years 1906 to 1914 were considered to be the era when Utrillo’s genius blossomed, his paintings during this time were called the ‘White Period’ because he used a lot of lead white paint. By 1920 Maurice Utrillo was famous throughout the world.
Maurice Utrillo He was unfit to serve in the army during the four years of World War 1, Utrillo painted over 1,200 canvases during the war time. By 1925 he was quite poorly in health and he was in and out of the asylum. He would drink all day and paint all night. Maurice was declared incompetent and all of his money affairs were turned over to his mother and step-father. The 3 of them argued all the time as they tried to live together!
Maurice Utrillo At the age of 55, Maurice married a family friend, a painter named Laucie, age 66. He was very happy to be married and not living with his mother and stepfather anymore and declared himself free and stopped drinking! He was looked after by his wife for the rest of his life. Maurice died of heart complications in 1955, he was 72 years old.