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of historical trivia regarding books, cats, and other animals. Actually this blog has evolved so that it is described better as a blog about cats in history and culture. And we take as a theme the advice of Aldous Huxley: If you want to be a writer, get some cats. Don't forget to see the archived articles linked at the bottom of the page.

December 26, 2015

December 26, 1883

We do not know who was Maurice Utrillo's father; his mother was an artist, and often painted cats. Utrillo (December 26, 1883 to November 5, 1955) painted urban scenes, and is considered a great artist. One may well imagine that those scenes in his paintings of snowy roofs, might be a sweet haven from the demands of his everyday life. He has been described as a half-mad alcoholic. He was raised by his grandmother and had also to deal later with his mother's lovers in his household. But I am not convinced insanity is accurately diagnosed often.

Here is a portrait his mother did of her son and her mother in 1918:

And this portrait of Maurice Utrillo may have been taken after his marriage to a rich widow who protected him the last decades of his life.

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