Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo
Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo
Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo

Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre by Maurice Utrillo

  • This tranquil Montmartre scene was composed by the famed Post-Impressionist Maurice Utrillo
  • Utrillo renders the historic street with his distinctively brisk and bold style
  • A native of Montmartre, Utrillo's scenes of his home neighborhood are among his most beloved
  • His intimate cityscapes earned him the nickname the "painter of Montmartre"
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Maurice Utrillo
1883-1955 | French

Rue Saint-Vincent à Montmartre

Signed “Maurice Utrillo” (lower right)
Oil on canvas 

Maurice Utrillo is among the most important of the French Post-Impressionists,  known for his daring color palette and use of contrast to bring the streets of his hometown of Montmartre to life. In this remarkable work, Utrillo renders the Rue Saint-Vincent, one of the oldest streets of Montmartre that runs alongside the historic Clos Montmartre vineyard. Utrillo perfectly evokes the tranquility of the bohemian neighborhood in this extraordinary piece, which embodies his highly distinctive style.

Utrillo was a man who led a secluded life, and a distinctive isolation can be felt in many of his works. Here, he chose to depict the Rue Saint-Vincent as a quaint pedestrian boulevard, offering a quiet and intimate insider's view of the centuries-old road. Two figures stroll down the deserted street, though they appear dwarfed by the imposing fence and towering greenery that dominates the right side of the canvas. One gets the sense that Utrillo offers the viewer a glimpse of the scene not through a visitor's eyes but his own, brought alive with his bold palette and dynamic brushstrokes.

Popularly described as the “painter of Montmartre,” Utrillo is one of the few artists of his time to depict the neighborhood who was actually a native of the bohemian quarter. He was born on Christmas Day to artist and model Suzanne Valadon, a student of Edgar Degas. Utrillo himself received no formal training, instead of learning to paint directly from his mother. His first subjects were the scenes from his neighborhood, a subject matter he carried with him throughout his career. Between the autumn of 1903 and the winter of 1904, he completed almost 150 paintings of somber, pale landscapes that reflected his fascination with ordered composition and flattened treatment of space reflecting strong emotion.

By 1920, Utrillo had become an international figure, and he was awarded the Cross of the Legion of Honor by the French government in 1929. He married Lucie Valore in 1935 and moved to Le Vesinet, a small village on the outskirts of Paris. Although his life was plagued by alcoholism, he lived to age 72 and was buried in the Cimetière Saint-Vincent in Montmartre.

Canvas: 16" high x 20 1/2" wide
Frame: 26 1/2" high x 31" wide
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Artist: Utrillo, Maurice
Framed: 31"W x 26 1/2"H
Unframed: 20 1/2"W x 16"H
Period: 1919-Present
Origin: France
Subject: Cityscapes
Width: 31 Inches
Height: 26 1/2 Inches
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