The painting on board is very typical of Utrillo's work. The paint layer has a slightly grainy patina which should not necessarily be disturbed. The painting is stable. The texture that one sees to the paint throughought is created by the artist with a palette knife in some areas and brush in other areas. Even the heavily applied lumps of light color in the building at center right are original and intended by the artist. There do not seem to be any restorations or damage. The small sign on the wall on the far right with calligraphy is clearly visible and all the marks in the shutters describing the windows are also very clearly defined, therefore there does not seem to be any abrasion and the likelihood that there is any restoration is very small.
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