Saharan Palm Grove, The Oasis of 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.

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Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, San Francisco, 1915


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




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