Maurice Utrillo (1883-1955) born Maurice Valadon, usually signed his paintings in a prominent fashion. Utrillo often included the initial "V" for Valadon after Utrillo: "Maurice Utrillo V." In many cases Utrillo included the year and sometimes even the month.
Utrillo did sometimes use the shorter form "M. Utrillo" with no date, though the former example is the most common.
Signature is rarely sufficient for authenticating a painting, signatures must be checked, but results must be carefully placed in the correct context. A signature is only one element, and not a determining one, in the process of authentication.
Rue Norvins et Rue Lepic à Montmartre, 1904-1905
"Rue Norvins et Rue Lepic à Montmartre", circa 1904-1905. Oil on board attached to canvas signed 'Maurice.Utrillo.V.' in the lower left
Paysage à Pierrefitte. 1907
"Paysage à Pierrefitte". painted circa 1907. Oil on canvas. Signed'Maurice.Utrillo.V.' in the lower left.
Le Lapin Agile, circa 1930
"Le Lapin Agile", circa 1930. Oil on canvas signed 'Maurice.Utrillo.V.' in the lower right.
A Place des Minimes, à Lyon-Saint Just. 1934
"A Place des Minimes, à Lyon-Saint Just". Executed in 1934 Gouache on card signed and dated 'Maurice, Utrillo,V.,1934 in the lower right.
Le Maquis de Montmartre, 1938
"Le Maquis de Montmartre", painted circa 1938. Oil on board laid down on cradled panel, signed 'Maurice, Utrillo, V,' on the lower right andinscribed 'Montmartre, on the lower left.
La maison de Mimi Pinson à Montmartre. Circa 1948
La maison de Mimi Pinson à Montmartre". Circa 1948Oil on board signed 'Maurice, Utrillo, V on the lower right.
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