Maxime Emile Louis Maufra - Remorquage sur l'Oise, L'Île-Adam
Maxime Emile Louis Maufra
Remorquage sur l'Oise, L'Île-Adam
Oil on canvas 57.5 x 81 cm Framed. Signed and dated 'Maufra 1901.' in reddish-orange lower left. Titled "Remorquage sur l'Oise (Ile Adam)" by hand verso on stretcher upper left and inscribed "Maufra No. 26/ Remorquage sur/l'Oise; l'isle Ad[am]/ 1901" by hand in a fragmented label right and numbered "D.R. No. 2608" [Stock der Galerie Durand-Ruel, New York] in pencil on a stretcher bar and photo number "2886" (Durand-Ruel) in blue. - Occasional small retouches, otherwise in fine condition.
Born in Nantes and known for his seascapes and coastal landscapes from his native northern France, the work of the Impressionist Maxime-Emile-Louis Maufra is distinguished above all by its atmospheric handling of light. His direct affinity to Camille Pissarro or Alfred Sisley can be seen not just here, but also in his manner of applying paint and his brushstroke.
At the time our painting was created, Maufra had already been living in Paris for several years. During this period of his oeuvre, he particularly enjoyed depicting river landscapes from that region, for example, images of the Seine and - as in the case of the present work - its tributaries the Marne and Oise.
With a photo certificate from Caroline Durand Ruel-Godfroy, Catalogue Critique Maxime Maufra, Geneva, dated 28 February 2012. The work will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raisonné of Maxime Maufra's works.
Durand-Ruel, Paris (inventary no. 6431), acquired from the artist in June 1901; Durand-Ruel, New York (inventory no. 2608) (July 1901-1949); Galerie Salis & Vertes, Salzburg; South German private possession; Lempertz, Cologne, Modern Art auction 997, 22 May 2012, lot 200; Private collection, Rhineland
Victor-Emile Michelet, Maufra, peintre et graveur, Paris 1908, p. 32 with illus.; Judy Le Paul, Gauguin and the Impressionists at Pont Aven, New York 1987, p. 170/171 with colour illus.