Barnes conservator Anya Shutov’s recent conservation of paintings by French artist Maurice Utrillo (1883–1955) inspired curiosity among our staff about the subjects of the artist’s paintings in the Barnes collection. The work that first piqued our interest was Street: Red Tower (BF183) due to the unusual architecture of the tower in the painting.
The Barnes collection includes 12 works by French artist Maurice Utrillo (1883–1955). Here in the Barnes conservation department, I recently completed the conservation treatment of a painting by Utrillo, Street: Red Tower in Room 23 of the Collection Gallery.
Before it was possible to purchase commercially prepared paints and pigments, artists and craftsmen relied on materials found in their environment, like berries, clay, and minerals, to color their art.