Despite an early talent for art, Maxime Maufra was diverted to a career in business by his father and was dispatched to England to learn a trade. While vacationing in Scotland he rediscovered his love of landscape and was encouraged to paint again. Returning to his native France, he became associated with Gauguin and the Pont-Aven School. Although Maufra eventually settled in Paris, he made his reputation with coastal scenes such as this one.
Maufra evinces a technical affinity with the bold coloration of the Post-Impressionists in his framework of flowers and foliage. At the same time his vision clings to a direct observation of nature, particularly in his tendency to treat the distance sea according to traditional notions of depth. The result can be likened to the effect of looking through a window and being unable to completely focus on the wall surrounding it.