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Fleurs au Bord Belle-île-en-Mer (Flowers near Belle-île-en-Mer)

Maxime Maufra


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.

  • Titles Fleurs au Bord Belle-île-en-Mer (Flowers near Belle-île-en-Mer) (Proper)
  • Artist Maxime Maufra, French, 1861 - 1918
  • Medium oil on canvas
  • Dimensions 26 × 32 1/4 in. (66 × 81.9 cm) frame: 35 1/2 × 41 3/4 × 3 1/2 in. (90.2 × 106 × 8.9 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of Dorothy Steiner in memory of her husband, Bernard Steiner, 1978.21
  • Work Type painting
  • Classification Paintings
  • On View