Originally trained to become a clerk, the Frenchman Maxime Maufra did not take up painting as his primary occupation until he was 30. The work of William Turner, with which he first came in contact during an 1883 journey to London, left behind a strong impression. The landscape painter Charles Le Roux later introduced him to Impressionism, and Maufra gained his first successes as an artist in his hometown of Nantes – where he took part in an exhibition including works by Gauguin, Seurat and Pissarro, among others – and in the Parisian Salon. This was followed by a stay in Brittany, which would remain a regular destination for him, and in the artists’ colony of Pont-Aven, where Maufra met Gauguin and later adopted his Synthetist style of painting. In 1894 an exhibition in the Parisian gallery “Le Barc de Boutteville”, situated in the rue Le Peletier and at that time known for showing the new art, made his works known to a broader public; regular shows with Durand-Ruel followed, who also attended to Maufra’s work. Maufra’s work as a painter – in addition to which he also occupied himself with etching and lithography – unites a light-filled, neo-Impressionist style with an intense tonality and highly expressive drawing that were decisively influenced by the School of Pont-Aven. Along with views of Paris, the coast of Brittany represents the defining motif of his art.