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(b Paris, 26 Dec. 1883; d Dax, 5 Nov. 1955). French painter, mainly of townscapes. The illegitimate son of Suzanne Valadon, he took his surname from the Spanish painter Miguel Utrillo (1862–1934), who legally recognized him as his son in order to help him (his real father—according to some sources—was Puvis de Chavannes, who was 40 years older than Valadon). He began to paint in 1902 at the urging of his mother, who hoped that it would remedy the alcoholism to which he had been a victim since his boyhood.

Text Source: The Oxford Dictionary of Art and Artists (Oxford University Press)