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Maximilien Luce
Printemps Saint-Ay de la Loire by Maximilien Luce - Impressionist landscape art

circa 1910

$29,000

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Le Repos sur les Bords de la Loire à Saint-Ay by MAXIMILIEN LUCE (1858-1941) Oil on canvas 64.8 x 50.5 cm (25 ½ x 19 ⅞ inches) Signed lower right, Luce Inscribed with title on reverse Executed circa 1910-1912 Provenance Hammer Galleries, New York Private collection, New York Spaniermann Gallery, New York Exhibited Paris, Galerie Dru, M. Luce, 11th April - 30th April 1921, no. 36 (titled as La Loire à Saint-Ay) Literature Denise Bazetoux, Maximilien Luce: Catalogue Raisonné de L'Œuvre Peint, Paris, 2005, vol. 3, no. 745, p. 177 (illustrated) Maximilien Luce was born in Paris in 1858. In 1876 he apprenticed in the shop of the engraver Eugène Froment (1844-1900), a qualified craftsman and graduate of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. There, Luce worked on engraving, numerous illustrations for French newspapers and foreign periodicals. In 1877, Luce left Paris and went to London. When he returned to France in 1879 he was called for military service. It was during his military service that Luce met Charles Emile Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), the famous French painter and sculpture who was an instructor to countless artists. Luce entered Carolus-Duran’s studio, a move not only giving him meticulous training as a draftsman but also introducing him to the leading painters of the time. Luce met Camille Pissarro (1830-1903), with whom he became very good friends and who gave Luce much artistic advice. Along with Pissarro, Georges Seurat (1859-1891) and Paul Signac (1863-1935), Luce was one of the founders of the Neo-Impressionist School (i.e. the Pointillists). Luce joined the Société des Indépendants in 1887, after which time he consistently participated in the avant-garde group’s exhibitions. Though landscapes made up most of his oeuvre, Luce executed some marvellous paintings of people in the Pointillist style, and this social realist aspect differentiated him from many of his fellow Neo-Impressionists. For a period of time, Luce was strict Pointillist. After 1920 however, Luce started to paint in a freer manner. He accepted the position of President of the Société des Artistes Indépendants in 1935, a role from which he would eventually resign as a statement against the society’s growing posture towards restricting Jewish artists from exhibiting. Luce made a significant contribution to exporting Neo-Impressionism and maintained strong ties with the Belgian Pointillist Théo van Rysselberghe (1862-1926). An indefatigable artist, he left a sizeable amount of work in various mediums and remains a very important figure in French Post-Impressionist art. Maximilien Luce died in 1941.

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  • Artist
    Maximilien Luce (1858-1941, French)
  • Creation Year
    circa 1910
  • Dimensions
    Height: 25.52 in. (64.8 cm)Width: 19.89 in. (50.5 cm)
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  • Gallery Location
    London, GB
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU26124812771

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About Maximilien Luce (Artist)

Maximilien Luce was born in Paris in 1858. In 1876 he apprenticed in the shop of the engraver Eugène Froment (1844–1900), a qualified craftsman and graduate of the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs. There, Luce worked on numerous illustrations for French newspapers and foreign periodicals.


In 1877, Luce left Paris and went to London. When he returned to France in 1879 he was called for military service. It was during his military service that Luce met Charles Emile Carolus-Duran (1837–1917), the famous French painter and sculptor who was an instructor to countless artists. Luce entered Carolus-Duran’s studio, a move that not only provided him with meticulous training as a draftsman but also introduced him to the leading painters of the time. Luce met Camille Pissarro (1830–1903), with whom he became very good friends and who gave Luce much artistic advice. Along with Pissarro, Georges Seurat (1859–1891) and Paul Signac (1863–1935), Luce was one of the founders of the Neo-Impressionist School (i.e., the Pointillists).


Luce joined the Société des Indépendants in 1887 and consistently participated in the avant-garde group’s exhibitions. Though landscapes made up most of his oeuvre, Luce executed some marvelous paintings of people in the Pointillist style, and this social realist aspect differentiated him from many of his fellow Neo-Impressionists. For a period of time, Luce was a strict Pointillist. After 1920, however, Luce started to paint in a freer manner. He accepted the position of President of the Société des Artistes Indépendants in 1935, a role from which he would eventually resign as a statement against the society’s growing posture towards restricting Jewish artists from exhibiting.


Luce made a significant contribution to exporting Neo-Impressionism and maintained strong ties with the Belgian Pointillist Théo van Rysselberghe (1862–1926). An indefatigable artist, he left a sizable amount of work in various mediums and remains a very important figure in French Post-Impressionist art. Maximilien Luce died in 1941.


(Biography provided by Stern Pissarro Gallery)
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