Le Lapin Agile

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Maurice Utrillo

French, 1883 - 1955

Le Lapin Agile, 1914

  • On View

Oil on cardboard

Dimensions: 20 3/4 × 28 in. (52.7 × 71.1 cm)

Museum purchase through the Flint Board of Education with funds given by Mrs. James Parkhill, 2005.86

Maurice Utrillo is one of the few famous painters of the Montmartre quarter of Paris who was actually born there. He began painting in 1904 at the age of twenty-one, encouraged by his mother who hoped it would help his mental illness. With no training beyond what his mother had taught him, Utrillo drew and painted what he saw in Montmartre. After 1910 his work attracted critical attention, and by 1920 he was internationally acclaimed.Utrillo’s work demonstrates a sensitive understanding of tone and color, an appreciation for precise drawing, and a feeling for the atmosphere of various streets and buildings. He was concerned with the development of an ordered composition and a flattened treatment of space that suggested a theater set. He never ventured far from these types of scenes as they brought him considerable success.

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