Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge - MAY ABS

Art Bead Scene Monthly Challenge - MAY ABS

Published On: 05-28-2012 11:04pm

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Italian's House at Monmarte by Maurice Utrillo
Oil on panel, 53 x 76 cm

About the Art
Maurice 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 subject—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.
From 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.

About the Artist
Maurice 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.
Utrillo 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 paintings—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.
His 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 silhouettes.
His late 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
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 is 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.

Reader's Comments

By Kimis-Jewelry-From-The-Heart on 06/01/2012 @ 02:00am

I didnt win the challenge which is picked randomly not by favorite creation. But I did win a spot on her list of favorites from the challenge in the art bead scene blog. yay. I always feel like a winner when they notice my hard work. Thanks Art Bead Scene for the fun challenges . I love creating outside the box and look forward to the next one. :)

By SharylsJewelry on 06/01/2012 @ 12:31am

1) Really admire your piece and that you did all of this yourself! That is so extremely impressive! 2) I like your photo on this page! It makes a fun statement! 3) I'm on Artfire too, and can't get my blog to do much of anything! I'm amazed you published this on your Artfire blog! I try doing regular short posts but can't even get the fonts to turn out right. Did you do a lot of adapting or am I missing something obvious? Anyway, I'm obviously impressed with your work, all of it! :-)

By Kimis-Jewelry-From-The-Heart on 05/28/2012 @ 11:44pm

Photos submitted to flicker & on 5-28-2012 at 7:41pm

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