Saturday, December 26, 2009

Maurice Utrillo

Maurice Utrillo.

I am not going to post much tonight as it is Christmas But I thought I would throw this out. There was a time when this guy Utrillo was in the very select number of artists who were deemed to be important. Prints of his art were everywhere and it was hip to like and to talk about Utrillo. He is now pretty much forgotten. It might be an interesting post to write about artists who have been in favor and then disappeared again.

Thank you all for coming and reading my blog. It would be impossible to motivate myself to write if I didn't know people were reading it. I wonder what I will write about next?


Ian Swain said...

Thanks for a super blog! I continually find great content and discover super artists I've never even heard of, like that Henryk guy. Best to you in the coming year- Keep up the fantastic work with your blog!

Unknown said...

As a new reader, I can honestly tell you I've already improved something in my work after just a few days of reading.

Keep up the good work, it's motivating and well researched, and fun to read, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

Philip Koch said...

Yeah, I never understood the Utrillo thing. The fellow seemed pretty third rate. Of course, there is good company in that department.

In addition to Andy Warhol, I think the artist I'm most eager to see slip from high esteem is Cy Twombly. Other than having an intriguing name I absolutely don't see what anyone ever saw in this guy's paintings. (See how mean spirited I can be).

Mike Thompson said...

At one point you were going to talk about trees. Did I miss that discussion or did it give way to something else? said...

I for one like this work, His body of work seems a bit uneven (as much of our works can be.) But in his city scapes he uses a simplification on the sky as a strong design element. He may no longer be discussed but the elements of his work can be seen in today's painters and contemporary city scapes. Interesting. I certainly utilize much of what he does (design wise) in composing my "Building scapes".

billspaintingmn said...

I like the way you "shoot from the hip"
You have experience,and speak from the heart.
(I've heard the heart is smarter
than the head)
No memorized scripe,just motivated ramblings(ha)
Ramblings are gleenings we all can
use to nourish ourselves.
Num-nums from the kitchen!
I'm actually learning Stape.. Thanks!

Tom said...

I like Mike's idea. I think a discussion of trees would be awesome.

Tim Fitzgerald said...

Don't worry about lack of readers, your blog is informative,interesting,and in my opinion the best I've read about art. Its the only one I read. I learn something every time a new post comes up, and can go back and glean more from your past blogs. In this world it seems everyone calls themselves an "Artist" from the day they purchase there first tube of paint, and know one wants to be called a student. The title Artist is given to a painter by history, not I believe by themselves. Please keep up the great work,you are a great teacher.
Thanks from a student

Honor Bradley said...

I think the art world has demonstrated it is as subject to fads any any other area. I read somewhere that even the great artists produce only a few great masterpieces that will endure and be called classics. I find your blog inspirational and as a late bloomer in art, I love reading about other artist along with ideas on how to improve my own art. Thanks for sharing.

Unknown said...


Happy holidays! Am new to your blog and like it for its New Englandy directness and irascibility. Won't likely write much, but will say I like your project of highlighting once very important, temporarily, at least, forgotten artists. Modigliani is my bet, and while his pictures of long-headed maidens are still to be seen in the kind of restaurants that paper their walls with art-posters, the last I heard anyone speak of him was an elaborate put-down in an art criticism article.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thank you, I just ran into that, I don't know much about him either.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thanks, its nice to be useful.

Stapleton Kearns said...

I have a standing policy, I never give anybody any trouble about their name. No matter what it is.

Stapleton Kearns said...

There's a good idea!

Stapleton Kearns said...

I think he painted OK, not a big hero not me but not a disaster either.I have painted that location in Paris.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thanks, I have no hips however.

Stapleton Kearns said...

Tom :
another vote for trees

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thanks, I do get a slew of readers. There seem to be aa lot of self identified artists don't there?

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thanks, love that name.

Stapleton Kearns said...


Thank you, I am glad you like New Englandy directness and irascibility.I do feel really New Englandy, although I am a transplant. I seem to fit in now after almost 40 years.

daystar said...

Merry Christmas, belated and now a Happy New Year.
Yes, I do recommend your blog!

Stapleton Kearns said...

Thank you ,Happy New Year.

Unknown said...

I read back through your blog every year. With the holidays coming up it is the slow season for me (I don't work in the snow) so I got ahead of myself. I just wanted to say how much knowledge I've gotten from your writing over these years, and that some of us are still reading.
may you have a peaceful and happy holiday this year, like you did the year this was posted! and, thank you.