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LOT 137

Maurice Utrillo
1883 - 1955

Moulin de la Galette, rue Lepic, Montmartre
oil on canvas, 1935
signed and titled and on verso stamped Galerie d'Art du Faubourg, Paris
13 1/8 x 16 1/8 in 33.4 x 41.1 cm

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

Sold for: $49,250

Preview at: Heffel Toronto – 13 Hazelton Ave

Galerie d’Art Faubourg Saint-Honoré, Paris
The Art Emporium, Vancouver, 1974
Acquired from the above by George and Geraldine Biely, 1974
Estate of Geraldine Biely
By descent to the present Private Collection, Vancouver

Few artists have been as closely associated with Montmartre as Maurice Utrillo, who was a Parisian by birth. He depicted the iconic neighbourhood countless times over his career, from various viewpoints and at different times of day. From 1935, Moulin de la Galette, rue Lepic, Montmartre is a lively representation of the unique urban landscape of this Parisian hill, including the titular Moulin de la Galette. Immortalized in Auguste Renoir’s Bal du moulin de la Galette (1876) and countless other paintings, the guingette (tavern) and former flour mill was a meeting place for young Parisians and artists alike. Moulin de la Galette belongs to Utrillo’s period marked by an increased use of colour, following his white period (1912 - 1914). Despite an overcast grey sky, this work is dominated by bright colours; vivid turquoise, cobalt, pink, green and chartreuse bring the painting to life. Small clusters of women walk the street where bare trees stand tall, rendered with darting energy. With this work, Utrillo invites us to enter his version of his beloved Montmartre.

This work is accompanied by a photo-certificate of authenticity from Comité Utrillo, #7073.

Estimate: $40,000 - $60,000

All prices are in Canadian Dollars

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