Lot 3253* - A191 Impressionist & Modern Art - Friday, 06. December 2019, 04.30 PM

MAURICE UTRILLO

(Paris 1883 - 1955 Dax)
La maison d'Hector Berlioz. 2 August 1914.
Oil on cardboard, parquetted.
Signed lower right: Maurice. Utrillo., as well as dated lower left: 2 août 1914.
38.5 x 50 cm.

The authenticity of the painting has been confirmed by the Comité Maurice Utrillo, Paris, 13 March 2019.

Provenance:
- Hôtel Drouot, Paris, auction 20 December 1956.
- Koller Auctions, Zurich, auction 13 November 1975, lot 2882.
- Private collection New York, acquired at the above auction and by descent to the present owner.

Literature:
- Pétrides, Paul: L'œuvre complète de Maurice Utrillo. Paris 1962, vol. II, p. 30/31, no. 437 (with ill.).
- Mac Orlan, Pierre: Utrillo, Paris 1952, p. 7, no. 45 (with ill.).

This painting comes from Utrillo’s most important period, the "période blanche". These works are characterised by white impasto applied with a knife and sometimes mixed with plaster that the painter found in Montmartre. Neo-impressionist influences can also still be seen in these works.

The depicted house on the corner of Rue Mont-Cenis and Rue Saint-Vincent was once inhabited by the composer Hector Berlioz (1834-37), and Georges Braque set up his studio here from 1911 onwards. The period’s spatial-geometric emphasis, also obviously present in this work, can be seen as an approach towards the then predominant Analytical Cubism initiated by Braque and Picasso.

A similar work of this house is now located in the Musée de l'Orangerie in Paris. It is dated 13 September 1914 and was produced shortly after this version.

CHF 40 000 / 60 000

€ 35 090 / 52 630