MAXIME MAUFRA

(French, 1861-1918)

FISHING BOATS ON THE BEACH

Oil on Board

11¼ x 15 Inches

Signed Lower Left

 

Born in Nantes, Maxime Maufra began painting at the age of 18 while pursuing a career in commerce and, from 1884-90, worked there while painting in his spare time.  During this period, the artist became acquainted with the works of the Impressionists and was encouraged in his vocation by the artist Le Roux and the sculptor Le Bourg.  Maura first exhibited at the Paris Salon of 1886 and, in 1890, made the decision to become a full-time painter. He left Nantes for Brittany, where he met Gauguin and Sérusier and began to absorb the strong colors and rhythms of the School of Pont Aven. Maufra received his first solo exhibition in 1894, at Le Barc de Toutteville in Paris. Returning from Brittany, he was the first artist to take up residence in The Bateau-Lavoir, the legendary bohemian residence of many of the first generation of the painters of the School of Paris.

 

Stylistically, Maufra leaned somewhat towards the Pointillist techniques of Pissarro and Sisley, while continuing to pay homage to the school of the Pont Aven with its powerful sense of composition and its strong palette. However, he always remained independent of prevailing schools and styles, preferring to go his own way and record his simple views of nature with an intuitive and lyrical brush.

 

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