Italian's House at Monmarte by Maurice UtrilloOil on panel, 53 x 76 cm
About the Art
Maurice Utrillo painted Post-Impressionism cityscapes and was attracted by ordinary houses and suburban churches. These themes, associated with painters such as Daumier, Pissaro and Caillebotte, became Utrillo's chief source of inspiration, but he soon turned to a more ambitious subject—cathedrals. He was concerned with the development of an ordered composition and a flattened treatment of space that suggested the artificial appearance of theatre. During World War I he found that such subjects allowed him to project strong emotions.
From 1909 until 1914 Utrillo mixed glue, plaster or cement with his paint to obtain the whites for which he became famous. His paintings of buildings show a striking contrast between the boldness of his color and his painstaking draughtsmanship (traces of his having used a ruler and compass are often noticeable). Carried to their logical conclusion, these experiments led him to produce austere monochrome paintings in beige and grey.
When I saw this picture, I couldn't really think of anything. It seemed like colors we have used before, BUT, I went thrift shop hopping and found a bag of beads. Of course I didn't connect the two until I got them home and cleaned them up. Once cleaned up the connection was made and the designed just unfolded. I used every bead except 2 or 3. The pendant part has a house painted on it. And the colors just seem to really match. I had so much fun with this design. Don't know who made the beads, they were just in a bag at the thrift store.
On the necklace I created the connection for the top of the three beaded wires out of eye pins with the beads.
I had so much fun, I can hardly wait til next month.