Maurice Utrillo 1883-1955
N05020 Vase de Fleurs (Vase of Flowers) c.1938-9
Inscribed 'Maurice Utrillo V.' b.r.
Oil on canvas, 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 (24 x 19)
Purchased from the artist (Knapping Fund) 1939
Lit: Paul Pétridès, L'Oeuvre complet de Maurice Utrillo (Paris 1959), No.1996, Vol.3, p.236, repr. p.237 as 'Vase de Fleurs' c.1939; John Rothenstein, Brave Day, Hideous Night (London 1966), pp.26-30
Paul Pétridès dated this 1939 in a letter of 4 June 1953 and c.1939 in his catalogue raisonné, but as Sir John Rothenstein chose it when he visited the artist's studio on 26 January 1939, its date may well be 1938.
Utrillo only began to paint still lifes of flowers with any regularity in the 1930s.
Ronald Alley, Catalogue of the Tate Gallery's Collection of Modern Art other than Works by British Artists, Tate Gallery and Sotheby Parke-Bernet, London 1981, p.740, reproduced p.740