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Maxime Camille Louis Maufra

 (1861 - 1918)
Maxime Camille Louis Maufra was active/lived in France.  Maxime Maufra is known for landscape and marine painting.

Maxime Camille Louis Maufra

Biography from Auctionata

Maxime Maufra was born in in Nantes, in 1861. 

Maxime Maura started to paint occasionally at the age of 18, as an autodidact.  In 1886, he exhibited two paintings at the Paris Salon. 

In 1890, he was exclusively concerned with painting, and moved to Pont-Aven in Brittany.  He met Paul Gaugin, and Paul Sérusier, with whom he would have a close friendship. 

Two years later, he settled in Montmartre in Paris and set up a studio.  In the summer, he still exhibited regularly in Brittany, and met other painters of Pont-Aven and Le Pouldu.

In contrast to most other painters from his circle, Maufra preferred to paint quiet, almost symbolistic landscapes without figures.  Occasionally, he also cited the pointillist technique of Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley.

Today, works by Maufra are in major museum collections, such as the Musée d'Orsay in Paris, the Tate Gallery in London, or the Art Institute in Chicago.

Biography from Anderson Galleries, Inc.
Maxime Maufra was a French landscape and marine painter, etcher and lithographer. He was born in Nantes and began to paint at the age of eighteen.  Maufra was encouraged by two local artists, the brothers Leduc, and was later sent to Liverpool to train for a commercial career; in 1883 he returned to France.

From 1884-90, he worked in commerce at Nantes, painting in his spare time.  During this time, the artist became acquainted with Impressionism and was encouraged by the Nantes painter Le Roux and the sculptor Le Bourg.

Maufra's first exhibition took place at the Paris Salon of 1886.  In 1890, he gave up commerce and began to paint full-time in Brittany, where at Pont-Aven he met Gaugin and Serusier.

In 1894 his first one-man exhibition was mounted at Le Barc de Toutteville, Paris. Maufra admired Sisley and Pissarro and sometimes quoted their pointillist-like technique although his technique is clearly more aggressive and bold.  His works also feature a pronounced liking for synthesis, strong color, and powerful drawing, traits reminiscent of Pont Aven artists.  However, Maufra remained an independent and intuitive painter wedded to recording the truths of nature.

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About  Maxime Camille Louis Maufra

Born:  1861 - Nantes
Died:   1918 - Ponco
Known for:  landscape and marine painting