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Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo, and André Utter: the terrible trio from 12 rue Cortot

Until 15th February 2016

To commemorate the 150th anniversary of the birth of the painter Suzanne Valadon, the Musée de Montmartre (Montmartre Museum) presents a landmark exhibition devoted to Suzanne Valadon, Maurice Utrillo and André Utter, the terrible trio from the rue Cortot, until 15th February 2016.

At the turn of the 20th century, the studios at 12-14, rue Cortot, which became the Musée de Montmartre, were important centres of creativity where a number of artists lived. This charming museum pays tribute today to Suzanne Valadon, who spent many years at 12, rue Cortot. Initially, the young artist with an icy stare lived there with her first husband, the banker Paul Moussis, then later with her son Maurice Utrillo and her new partner André Utter. These were tumultuous years interspersed with fights and arguments between the terrible trio.

Through a selection of 150 works, the Musée de Montmartre bears witness to the creative and intimate collaboration that took place between these three artists in the studio in the rue Cortot. Concentrating on the art of Suzanne Valadon at its peak, the exhibition looks at the pictures painted by Valadon, Utrillo and Utter in the years from 1912 to 1926. Within this historic studio and apartment there is a space devoted to each of the artists. The works on display are drawn from the Historical and Archaeological Society collection and other loans coming from the Pompidou Centre, the Paul Dini Museum in Villefranche sur Saône, the Museum of Modern Art in Paris, and the Fine Art Museums in Liege, Brussels and the Petit Palais in Geneva.

The exhibition includes, amongst others, famous paintings by Suzanne Valadon like The Gypsy Fortune Teller and Casting of the Net, a daring work, one of the first of male nudes to be executed by a woman. Through these major works, the exhibition tells the story of this studio that was the site of so many tensions and arguments between these three artists, also relating their passion, their complicity, and their complementary and mutual inspiration. It was a tempestuous and conflictual relationship which allowed the three tenants’ work to become more intense, to flourish and to reinvent itself during their lives together. This was a legendary address for Suzanne and her son Maurice Utrillo before they moved to rue Junot. After their separation André Utter stayed in the studio until his death in 1948. The Montmartre Museum has staged a moving and intimate exhibition of the terrible trio’s work that undoubtedly left its mark on the art world thanks to their creative energies.

For further details on the exhibition at the Musée de Montmartre

Place : Musée de Montmartre

Address : 12 rue Cortot, 75018 Paris

District : Montmartre

Open hours : Every day: 10am - 6pm

Transport : Metro: Lamarck-Caulaincourt

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