Overview of Exhibition
Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) is an artist known for his paintings of melancholic Parisian cityscapes. He took up painting as a form of treatment for his alcoholism and developed his talents to become one of the leading painters of the School of Paris, even awarded the Knight’s Cross of the Legion of Honor in 1928. Amid his approximately half-century-spanning career, the works he painted during his “white period” around 1908 to 1914 are especially well-regarded.
This exhibition commemorating the 140th anniversary of his birth presents works from domestic collections mainly representing the “white period” that boosted his reputation as a painter, characterized by depictions of white plaster walls, but also his earlier “Montmagny period” and his “colored period” featuring the use of rich colors that began in 1915, as well as his final years.