Maurice Utrillo collectibles



2015-06-26 10:39:20

Maurice Utrillo (1883 – 1955) was a French artist, best known for his Parisian city scenes. Utrillo's artwork has also appeared on several postcards and he is particularly popular in the US and Japan.


Utrillo was born in the Montmartre quarter of Paris in 1883, the son of artist Suzanne Valadon. The identity of his father remains in doubt, although a Spanish artist, Miguel Utrillo y Molins, acknowledged parentage in 1891.

Valadon encouraged her son to take up art when, at the age of 21, he was afflicted by a mental illness.

He quickly showed promise and took to painting his local area. By the 1920s he had achieved global acclaim, and received the Legion d’honneur from the French government in 1928.

Notable sales of Maurice Utrillo artwork

  • Le Parevent, a four-canvas work from 1939, achieved $1m at Artcurial in December 2010.

  • Utrillo’s 1936 work Sacre Coeur de Montmartre et Rue du Chevalier de La Barre sold for $385,000 at Sotheby’s New York in May 2008.

  • Utrillo’s 1912 piece La Petite Communiante realised £276,000 at Sotheby’s London in June 2007.

  • Le Clocher De Saint-Etienne-Du-Mont vu de la rue de la Montagne-Sainte-Genevieve, 1926, achieved $286,250 at Sotheby’s New York in November 2001.

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