Oil on canvas, 13 x 16 in. (33 x 40,5 cm). Signed lower left and dated 1888.
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The painting is an early dating masterpiece of this famous Post-Impressionist.
On delicate tonal color and the dim light you can clearly see the influence of the Barbizon School.
For Maufra his family had determined the commercial career. His father sent him to England so he could forget all artistic ambitions, and there would be a real businessman.
Hardly arrived in Liverpool, he began to paint.
He was clearly influenced from the English painters, especially Turner, whose style impressed him much. 1882-1883 he went to Scotland to paint exclusively. Returned to Nantes, he tried again with the commercial career, and painted on the side.
In 1886 he first exhibited at the salon.
From 1890 onwards Maufra finally operated as an independent artist. He went half a year to Pont-Aven in Brittany and maintained contacts with Gauguin and his circle. Influences from there can be detected best in the drawings Maufras, picturesque he stayed impressionist.
1892, Maufra was down in Montmartre and was the first inhabitant of the studio building Bateau-Lavoir, whose most famous residents from 1904 Pablo Picasso was.
Here he worked intensely, interrupted only by trips to Brittany. He maintained there friendship with his colleagues Henry Moret and Gustave Loiseau.
Maufra had in Paris in 1894 his first solo exhibition at the Galerie Le Barc de Boutteville. There he was discovered by the most important Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel, the great patron of the Impressionists.
From now on he traveled constantly: in Brittany, Normandy, to England, Scotland, Belgium and the Dauphiné. In 1911 he directed a studio in Kerhostin in Brittany.
In 1912 he went to the Mediterranean, 1913 to Algeria. In the same year he settled in Kerhostin. Maufra 57 year-old died in Ponce, right at work, the brush in his hand.
His works are represented in museums worldwide, such as the Musée d'Orsay, the Tate Gallery, the Art Institute of Chicago, Museum of Fine Arts Boston, Museum Thyssen-Bornemisza in Madrid and in the Musée des Beaux-Arts in Rennes, Quimper and Pont-Aven.
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