French Artist. A painter who specialized in cityscapes with works depicting the city of Paris having a special focus on his Montmartre neighborhood. His mother, Suzanne Valadon, was an artist's model, and Utrillo grew up with her in the famous Montmartre quarter of the city which is known for its artistic and bohemian community. In his youth, he had to deal with alcoholism, truancy, and mental illness, but he was urged by his mother to explore art as a way to deal with his struggles. With her guidance, he began to paint. His paintings began to win him acclaim and by 1920, his city scenes and landscapes were known around the world. Perhaps most famous are his depictions of the Lapin Agile, a cabaret in the neighborhood that was frequented by the artists and writers of the time. Although he was troubled by his health in later years, he continued to paint scenes of his neighborhood from his window, and from memory. He passed away in Montmartre in 1955, and since his death, several retrospectives of his work have taken place in Montmartre and in major museums around the world. His work can be seen at the Hermitage Museum in Saint Petersburg, Russia, The Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, among many other institutions.
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