This view of the facades flanking a Parisian street is typical of Utrillo’s favorite motifs. At the end of the road is the immense white dome of the church of Sacré-Coeur (Sacred Heart) in Montmartre, the artistic quarter on the north side of Paris where Utrillo often worked.
Completed late in his career when the artist was living outside Paris, the scene may have been painted from memory. It combines free, loose brushwork with an emphasis on the geometric structure created by the buildings' many windows and shutters.
Utrillo suffered from alcoholism and mental disorders and was encouraged to paint by his mother, the artist Suzanne Valadon, who was his only teacher.