Berlioz House by Maurice Utrillo

Berlioz House by Maurice Utrillo

Berlioz House
Oil on plywood
Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France

A Montmartre landmark, Berlioz House was situated on the corner of rue du Mont-Cenis and rue Saint-Vincent. Between 1834 and 1837 it was the home of the composer Hector Berlioz and his wife. The Cubist painter Georges Braque established his studio in the house in 1911. It is thought that Utrillo began the painting around that time, the Musée de l’Orangerie suggests the painting was reworked in 1914 to include the French flag after war was declared. Not long after the painting’s completion, the Berlioz house was demolished.

Maurice Utrillo

Maurice Utrillo
Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism
Born: 26 December 1883, Paris, France
Nationality: French
Died: 5 November 1955, Dux, France

Utrillo’s life could not have been a more Bohemian one. For many the romantic concept of la vie bohème was living a life in Paris of the late-19th and early-20th century but far less dazzling in its reality. The son of Suzanne Valadon, a former circus performer turned artist model and avant garde artist Utrillo never knew his father. Rumours abound that it could have been anyone from Puvisde Chavannes to Renoir to Boissy

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