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Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955)
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Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955)

Fortifications de Paris, Porte de Clichy

Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955)
Fortifications de Paris, Porte de Clichy
signed and dated 'Maurice Utrillo V Mars 1925' (lower right); dedicated 'En hommage à Madame Mauricia Coquiot' (lower centre)
gouache, watercolour and pencil on paper
10¼ x 13 7/8 in. (26 x 35.3 cm.)
Executed circa 1925
Mme Mauricia Coquiot, Paris, a gift from the artist.
Mr Haïm Rahald, Tel-Aviv.
P. Pétridès, L'oeuvre complet de Maurice Utrillo, Paris, 1966, vol. IV, no. AG153 (illustrated p. 181).
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Jean Fabris has confirmed the authenticity of this work.

Mauricia Coquiot, née de Thiers, to whom the present drawing is dedicated, was an famous circus character of the Belle Epoque between 1904 and 1910. She performed in Paris, New York, Moscow and Lisbon. Three of her favorite acts were: the Autobolide where she looped the loop in a speeding car; somersaulting on the back a galloping horse, and the Bilboquet humain (a human form of the cup-and-ball game).

She married the art critic Gustave Coquiot and it was through him that she met the greatest artists of the time such as Auguste Rodin, Raoul Dufy, Pablo Picasso, Marc Chagall, Moïse Kisling, André Derain, Pierre Bonnard, Georges Rouault and Maurice Utrillo. Mauricia Coquiot soon became a favourite muse for all these painters. After her husband's death, she was elected mayor of Othis, thus becoming one of the first women to take up this function after the Second World War.

(fig. 1) Madame Mauricia Coquiot and Suzanne Valadon, Utrillo's mother; © Jean Fabris, Paris. All rights reserved.

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