MAY ART BEAD SCENE MONTHLY CHALLENGE
INSPIRED BY THE PHOTO TITLED
Italian's House at Monmarte by Maurice
panel, 53 x 76
About the Art
Utrillo painted Post-Impressionism cityscapes and was attracted by ordinary
houses and suburban churches. These themes, associated with painters such as
Daumier, Pissaro and Caillebotte, became Utrillo's chief source of inspiration,
but he soon turned to a more ambitious subjectâ€”cathedrals. He was concerned with
the development of an ordered composition and a flattened treatment of space
that suggested the artificial appearance of theatre. During World War I he found
that such subjects allowed him to project strong emotions.
1909 until 1914 Utrillo mixed glue, plaster or cement with his paint to obtain
the whites for which he became famous. His paintings of buildings show a
striking contrast between the boldness of his color and his painstaking
draughtsmanship (traces of his having used a ruler and compass are often
noticeable). Carried to their logical conclusion, these experiments led him to
produce austere monochrome paintings in beige and grey.
Utrillo was born in Paris, on the 26th of December 1883 to the French painter
Suzanne Valadon. His mother posed as a model for such painters as Renoir and
Puvis de Chavannes before discovering her own talent for drawing and painting.
His father, the Spanish painter Miguel Utrillo (1862-1934), only admitted
paternity eight years after Maurice's birth.
had no predisposition for art, but when he was 19 his mother urged him to adopt
drawing and painting as to distract him from his need for alcohol. In search of
a suitable subject, he went to the countryside around Montmagny, a village to
the north of Paris. There, between the autumn of 1903 and the winter of 1904, he
completed almost 150 paintingsâ€”somber, heavily impasto landscapes as the Roofs
of Montmagny (Paris, Pompidou). By 1906 the doctor felt that Utrillo could
return to Montmatre. His pictures of the streets and suburbs were painted with a
less heavy impasto and with lighter tones.
deteriorating health and social awkwardness led him gradually to withdraw from
the streets of Montmartre into the relative safety of nursing homes. Here he
developed the habit of painting from postcards. His stepfather, the painter
Andre Utter (1886-1948), and his mother selected cards that reproduced his
favorite views of la Butte Montmarte. He worked from these in their communal
studio at 12 Rue Cortot, in the restaurant La Belle Gabrielle or in a bedroom
above the Pere Gay bistro. He exacted his revenge on the locals, who had made
his life difficult with their criticisms and jokes, by depicting them in his
paintings in rear view as heavily outlined clumsy shapes and stereotyped
paintings are characterized by rich colors and strong black contours and are
based almost entirely on landscape themes. From 1937 on his friend and dealer
Paul Petrides looked after him at the request of his family. In spite of his
wretched life he maintained a prolific output with a deep vein of poetic
melancholy. He died in May 1955. His critical reputation declined posthumously,
although he remained popular with collectors and the public
MY SUBMISSION MAY ABS 5/28/2012
I really enjoyed making this piece. I decided instead of using someone elses beads to make my own focal or focal beads from polymer clay. I used Sculpey Premo Clay and created a dimensional focal piece, this isÂ my reproduction of the painting "Italian's House". The left focal is the bulding on the left side of the painting, green with aged bronze and brown color tones, with leaves grazing the top of the building. The center focal I created from left to right, part of the building on the left, the center is the road textured and colored with clay skinner blend to look like what looks to me in the painting to be sort of a alley way on the right i made white for the building and a shutter of sorts. The right focal is a part of a shutter and part of the building. I love working with clay you can be as abstract as you want or make things perfection. This project was fun because I could incorporate different mediums with it. Mica powders to age the piece and brass chain link for the necklace and made some accents in the colors of leaves I saw in the top part of painting.
I hope you enjoy the piece as much as I did creating it.
Thank you again Art Bead Scene for another fun inspirational paiting.