Description & Technical information

In 1895 Maufra came under the contract of Paul Durand-Ruel, the leading dealer of the Impressionists. This work was painted two years after the start of this contract which allowed the artist to concentrate on his painting, usually depicting seascapes and cliffs in Brittany and Normandy. Rivière de Landerneau depicts the Elorn river in his native Brittany with quick, loose brushstrokes. This technique captures both the wind as it blows through the trees and the uneven ground of the bankside.

It is testament to the quality of this work that it was owned twice by the Galerie Durand-Rue and then by Sir Rex Arthur Louis Cohen, the managing director of the famous Lewis’s department stores in Liverpool, Manchester and Birmingham.

Date:  1897
Period:  1850-1900, 19th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed 'Maufra.' (lower right)

Dimensions: 54.5 x 65.5 cm (21¹/₂ x 25³/₄ inches)
Provenance: 

The artist's studio.
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, no. 4481 (acquired form the above on 9 December 1897).
Monsieur Bronot Collection (acquired from the above on 23 November 1944).
Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris, no. 14329 (acquired from the above on 1 February 1945).
Arthur Tooth & Sons Ltd., London, no. 6298 (acquired from the above on 20 June 1961).
Sir Rex Cohen Collection, UK.
Thence by descent to the present owners.

Literature: The authenticity of this work has kindly been confirmed by Madame Caroline Durand-Ruel Godfroy. This work will be included in the forthcoming Maxime Maufra digital catalogue critique, currently being prepared. 

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints