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WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOE R. & TERESA L. LONG

Maurice Utrillo
LE COUVENT DE MOROSAGLIA (CORSE)
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WORKS FROM THE COLLECTION OF JOE R. & TERESA L. LONG

Maurice Utrillo
LE COUVENT DE MOROSAGLIA (CORSE)
Estimate
150,000250,000
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Maurice Utrillo
1883 - 1955
LE COUVENT DE MOROSAGLIA (CORSE)
Signed Maurice Utrillo.V. (lower right)
Oil on canvas
24 by 31 7/8 in.
60.9 by 81 cm
Painted in 1912. 
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Provenance

Galerie Paul Pétridès, Paris
Galerie Matignon Saint-Honoré, Paris
Acquired from the above on January 28, 2007

Exhibited

Paris, Galerie Charpentier, Cent tableaux par Utrillo, 1959, no. 46
Munich, Haus der Kunst, Maurice Utrillo, V, Suzanne Valadon, 1960, no. 37
Tokyo, Grand Magasin Mitsukoshi & traveling, Valadon, huiles et dessins de 1889 à 1938, Utrillo, huiles et gouaches de 1905 à 1950, 1972, no. 12
Tokyo, Isetan Shinjukuten & traveling, Exposition Maurice Utrillo Suzanne Valadon, 1978, no. 31
Albi, Musée Toulouse-Lautrec, Maurice Utrillo, Suzanne Valadon, 1979, n.n.
New York, Wildenstein & Co. Inc., Maurice Utrillo, 1883-1955, 1980, no. 18
Tokyo, Mitsukoshi Honten & Fujisawa,  Fujisawa Saikaya, Centenaire d'Utrillo, 1983, no. 13
Tokyo, Daimaru Museum, Kyoto, Daimaru Museum, Osaka, Daimaru Museum Umeda & traveling, Maurice Utrillo, 1992, no. 30
Bologna, Galerie Marescalchi, Maurice Utrillo, l'impalpabile riflesso della malinconia, 1993, n.n.
Lodève, Musée de Lodève, Utrillo, 1997, no. 36
Payerne, Musée de Payerne, Maurice Utrillo et les peintres de Montmartre, 2000, n.n. 

Literature

Paul Pétridès, L'Oeuvre complet de Maurice Utrillo, vol. I, Paris, 1960, no. 345, illustrated in color p. 410
Jean Fabris & Cédric Pailler, L'Oeuvre complet de Maurice Utrillo, Paris, 2009, no. 462, illustrated p. 540

Catalogue Note

The year 1912 was a critical juncture in the artist’s early career, marking the start of his celebrated White Period, so named for the bleached and ashen palette he employed in the works from those years. Painted at the pinnacle of the artist’s career, the present work is a charming depiction of the convent of Morosaglia on the island of Corsica, a product of Utrillo’s travels from his home in Paris (see fig. 1).

Best-known for his views of the streets of Montmartre, Utrillo won public approbation from critics, dealers and collectors despite the rejection of his application to the École des Beaux-Arts in 1909. Painting was thrust upon Utrillo as therapy to combat the weakness for alcohol that plagued him from early youth; it then became the one constant in his unbalanced life. The writer-turned-art-dealer Louis Libaude signed a contract with the artist in 1910, ensuring that three of his landscapes were shown at the Salon d’Automne later that year. Evoking the tranquil Mediterranean atmosphere of the Corsican village, the rustic beauty of Le Couvent de Morosaglia (Corse) is conveyed through the balanced composition, carefully applied hues and meticulous rendering of perspective. Typical of Utrillo’s works, this painting reveals its qualities slowly, as time enables the appreciation of the subtle variations of tones which comprise the surfaces of the Corsican buildings. Utrillo sometimes mixed plaster with his white oil colors to mimic weathered facades. As Adolphe Tabarant describes, “At this time Utrillo uses a palette of many whites, but these never become chalky or dull. He surrounds them with soft greys, delicate pinks, deep blues, or else contrasts them with sonorous browns and blacks” (Adolphe Tabarant, Utrillo, Paris, 1926, p. 168).

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