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.