Maxime Maufra France
5-17-1861 Nantes, FRA - 5-23-1918 Poncé-sur-le-Loire, FRABack to Artist IndexView Artists Paintings
Maxime Maufra first began painting at 18. He was encouraged to do so by two artists from Nantes: the brothers Leduc. However, he didn’t fully embrace his painting career right away. After visiting Britain in 1883 and seeing the work of Thomas Gainsborough, John Constable, and J.M.W. Turner, Maxime Maufra gave up his business career to become a painter. He traveled extensively throughout Normandy and Brittany, where he met Synthetist painters Paul Sérusier and Paul Gaugin at Pont-Aven in 1890. Being a businessman, he only painted on his spare time from 1884 to 1890. During this time, Maufra discovered the work of the Impressionists and was able to display his works at the Paris Salon of 1886.
In 1890, Maxime Maufra decided to give up commerce and to become a full-time painter. He left Nantes for Brittany, where he was able to meet Paul Gauguin and Paul Sérusier. Maufra had his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1894, at Le Barc de Toutteville. Returning from Brittany, Maufra was the first painter to take up residence in The Bateau-Lavoir, a famous Parisian residence for artists. He painted mainly in Brittany, especially near Quiberon, but also at various points on the Normandy coast and in and near Paris; worked 1895-6 in the Highlands of Scotland, 1913 in Algeria, and occasionally in Touraine and the South of France.
In his paintings, Maxime Maufra sometimes quoted the pointillisit technique of Pissarro or Sisley, and also took from the strong colors and powerful drawing of the Pont Aven school. However, Maufra stayed an independent artist his all life through, and dedicated his art to recording the beauty of nature.
Art Movement: Impressionism
Influences: Charles Leduc
Traveled: Scotland, Algeria, England