Lot 335
  • 335

Maurice Utrillo

Estimate
110,000 - 160,000 GBP
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Description

  • Maurice Utrillo
  • L'ÉGLISE SAINT-MÉDARD À PARIS
  • signed Maurice, Utrillo, V, and dated Février 1926 (lower left); signed Maurice, Utrillo, V, titled and dated Février 1926 on the reverse
  • oil on canvas
  • 82 by 60cm., 32 3/8 by 23 5/8 in.

Provenance

Bernheim-Jeune, Paris (acquired directly from the artist in 1936)
Acquired from the above by the family of the present owners in 1941

Literature

Paul Pétridès, L'Œuvre complet de Maurice Utrillo, Paris, 1962, vol. II, no. 1141, illustrated p. 463

Condition

The canvas is not lined and there appear to be no signs of retouching visible under UV light. There is a very thin line of surface dirt along the centre of the upper edge and the lower left edge, probably due to previous framing. This works appears to be in good original condition. Colours: Fairly accurate in the printed catalogue, although the tones are more subtle in the original.
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Catalogue Note

'Landscape, for Utrillo, essentially meant the city. One could almost say his city. For it is clear that, within an extraordinarily prolific œuvre, Utrillo was first and foremost a painter of Paris [...] It is an intimate portrayal that is so mysteriously consistent with the place, that it manages to incarnate the very soul of Paris' (MaÏthé Vallès-Bled, 'Utrillo: Paysages de vie, Paysages mémoires', in Utrillo (exhibition catalogue), Musée de Lodève, 1997, pp. 22-23, translated from French).