Notre Dame Cathedral
Oil on card
Musée de l’Orangerie, Paris, France
By 25 Utrillo was experimenting with complex motifs and the influence of Impressionism, in particular Monet’s cathedrals, is evident in this painting. An unfinished piece, Utrillo vaguely describes the complex architecture of Notre Dame. Instead the details are obscured as he describes the effect of light – a fundamental characteristic of Impressionism. The brown-orange doors of the cathedral offer a spot of warmth, creating a sense of balance and reaffirming the symmetry of the structure.
Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, Cubism, Expressionism
Born: 26 December 1883, Paris, France
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