Art: Monsieur Maurice

Many a piner for Paris, thinking of Montmartre, is apt to picture a steep street scene or café terrace by Utrillo, bright with chill, white, geometric charm. Parisians themselves see other Parises than Utrillo's pristine pictures represent, but they have long admired, and bought, his art. Last week Paris honored the aging (64) painter with a Salon d'Automne, the fall season's big show, built around his life's work.

Utrillo's mother, Suzanne Valadon, had begun life as an acrobat and made herself the leading woman painter in France. A gallant Spanish writer gave Utrillo his name, but his real father's beginning & end...

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