Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, and the rue Saint-Rustique

Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, and the rue Saint-Rustique

Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883-1955)

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  • 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.

Object Information

Maurice Utrillo (French, 1883-1955)
creation date
gouache on paper mounted on canvas
27 x 21 in.
33-1/4 x 27 in. (framed)
mark descriptions
Inscribed, l.l.: Sacré-Coeur de Montmartre, | et rue Saint-Rustique
Signed and dated, l.r.: Maurice Utrillo, V, | 1937
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credit line
Delavan Smith Fund
© Maurice Utrillo/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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