Description & Technical information

Over his career, Maximilien Luce, painted a diverse range of subjects, yet is best known for his beautiful landscape paintings in an impressionist style, as he created numerous works on his travels around France, including to Etampes, Normandy and Brittany. Figures on a Beach, Tréport  represents his return to painting in an impressionist manner, following his experimentation with pointillism after developing a friendship with Georges Seurat. As Luce became less active in the political and socialist philosophies associated with this neo-impressionism, he resumed his previous style.

This painting, is a testament to his skill in capturing contemporary subjects of everyday life in the early 1900’s, with the use of quick brushstrokes and vibrant colour, both combining to show the effect of light on a summers day. Tréport in Normandy was a place he would continually visit as a quiet small fishing port that had previously been where World War One soldiers were stationed and briefly became a popular place for painters of the time.

Date:  1931
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed 'Luce' (lower right) 

Dimensions:  cm (13 x 20 inches)
Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom

Literature: D. Bazetoux, Maximilien Luce, Catalogue de l’œuvre peint, Paris, 1986, vol. 2, no. 1868 (illustrated).

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints