Born: Dec 25, 1883 AD
Died: 1955 AD, at 71 years of age.
1883 - Maurice Utrillo was born in Paris, the illegitimate son of the artist Suzanne Valadon, on December 25th. Utrillo became the best-known portrayer of Paris, especially Montmartre, painting both from nature and from postcards.
1902 - Under his mother's tutelage he began to paint, at first in the streets of Montmartre.
1909 - Known as his 'White Period' (période blanche), represent the acme of Utrillo's creativity.
1910 - The artist was discovered by the art critics F. Jourdan and E. Faure.
1912 - Their appreciation of his talent enabled Utrillo to take part for the first time in the Salon d'Automne.
1914 - Utrillo traveled in Brittany and Corsica; his works assumed an increasingly luminous quality which greatly enriched his earlier ascetic conception of reality.
1924 - He exhibited together with his mother Suzanne Valadon at the Galerie Bernheim-Jeune in Paris and was offered a contract for a year.
- He attempted to commit suicide, which was probably the result of years of alcohol abuse.
1926 - He did stage scenery and designed costumes for Djaghilev's 'Ballets Russes'.
1928 - He received public recognition, when he was made a member of the Legion of Honour.
1943 - A first comprehensive retrospective of Utrillo's work was held at the Salon d'Automne.
1955 - Died on November 5th.
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