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Utrillo is best known for his views of Paris. This image offers a glimpse of the famous church of Sacre-Coeur (Sacred Heart), identified by the immense white dome at the end of the narrow street. The church is the most familiar building of Montmartre, the artistic quarter on the north side of Paris that Utrillo frequented.
Utrillo suffered from alcoholism and mental disorders and was encouraged to paint by his mother, the artist Suzanne Valadon, who was his only teacher.
The loose brushwork and bright color scheme suggest the influence of the Impressionist painters, though Utrillo was more than a generation younger than Monet and Pissarro.