Palmeraie Saharienne, Oasis de Doucen, 1913

by Maxime Maufra

DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 45.3 x 61.4 in./115.0 x 156.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed and dated lower left
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas

To be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné by Caroline Durand-Ruel Godfroy.

Catalogue No: 5368 Categories: ,

Towards the end of his life, Maufra found inspiration in travel which lead him beyond France, resting in Algeria in 1913. This is where Oasis de Doucen was painted, where Maufra has used a rich colour palette and thick impasto throughout the composition to depict the lush green vegetation in this desert spring. The bright orange hues of the reeds spring up like fireworks, injecting light and colour into the scene.

Doucen is a town in the region of Biskra, known for its abundant palms, olive trees and fruit trees.  The area’s oases stretch southward along the right bank of the Wadi Biskra, covering an area of 3,250 acres.

Provenance

Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, 6 June 1913;

Galerie Durand-Ruel, New York, bought on 31 August 1917 (included in the Durand-Ruel until 1949, no mention of it after);

Private Collection, United States

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Biography

Maufra first began painting when he turned eighteen years. He was encouraged to do so by two artists from Nantes: the brothers Charles and Alfred Leduc. He did not fully embrace his painting career immediately as he was at this time a businessman; therefore he only painted in his spare moments from 1884 to 1890. It was then that Maufra discovered the Impressionists and was able to display his works at the Paris Salon of 1886. He devoted himself to painting from nature and his favoured spot was along the banks of the Loire valley.

 

He left Nantes for Brittany, where he met Paul Gauguin (1848-1903) and Paul Serusier (1864-1927). Maufra had his first solo exhibition in Paris in 1894, at Le Barc de Toutteville. Returning from Brittany, he was the first painter to take up residence in the Bateau-Lavoir, a famous Parisian residence for artists.

 

Notably, Maufra remained an independent artist throughout his life, being influenced by others but always being wholly original in his output, dedicating his oeuvre to recording nature. In his works, he sometimes quoted the pointillist technique of Pissarro or Sisley, whilst he also portrayed the strong colours and powerful drawing of the Pont-Aven school.

 

 

Exhibited

Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, San Francisco, 1915

Literature

Arsène Alexandre, Maxime Maufra, peintre marin et rustique (1861-1918), Paris, Éditions des galeries Georges Petit, 1926, reproduced p. 171

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