Maxime Maufra (1861 - 1918)
La chute d’eau, Nemours
Signed, lower right: Maufra
Oil on canvas
23⅝ x 28¾ in – 60 x 73 cm
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris (Inv. No.8253);
Galerie Marumo, Paris;
Private collection, USA
Maxime Maufra was born on 17th May 1861 in the city of Nantes on the River Loire.
Originally intending a career in commerce Maufra turned towards painting. He studied in Nantes with Charles Leduc (1831-1911) a painter of landscapes and marines who exhibited at the Paris Salon. Maufra primarily a painter of landscapes and coastal scenes also exhibited in Nantes and at the Paris Salon, making his debut at the latter in 1886 with two marine paintings.
Maufra travelled widely through Brittany, Normandy and the Vendée, landscapes and coastal scenes from these regions and the Loire providing the majority of his subject matter. In PontAven in Brittany, Maufra met Gauguin, although it was the works of Camille Pissarro and Alfred Sisley that were particularly influential stylistically on Maufra’s output.
Maufra settled in Paris in 1892, setting up his studio in Montmartre but he would return to Brittany or other regions of France each year to paint. He also travelled further afield, a view in the Sahara was a legacy of a visit to Algiers in 1913 and in his earlier years he visited Britain a number of times, painting in Glencoe in Scotland in 1895. He also travelled to the mountains of Savoy and painted on the Marne to the east of Paris. However, it was views in and around the ports of Quiberon, Concarneau, Étretat and on the Loire for which Maufra is best known.
Maufra achieved considerable success, he exhibited with Durand-Ruel, perhaps the most influential and important gallery in Paris and to whom he remained contracted until his death. His paintings were exhibited in New York and found favour with collectors worldwide, reflected in the numerous museums in which he is represented.
He died in the beautiful village of Poncé sur Sarthé, 23rd May 1918.
His works can be found in museums in: London; Manchester; Cholet; Montpellier; Mulhouse; Paris; Quimper; Rennes; Rheims; Le Havre; Madrid; Buffalo; Boston; Chicago; Cincinnati; Cleveland; Los Angeles; Ottawa; San Francisco and Williamstown.