Description & Technical information

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.

Date:  1913
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Signature: Signed 'Maufra' and dated (lower left)

Dimensions: 115.06 x 155.96 cm (45¹/₄ x 61³/₈ inches)
Provenance: 

Galerie Durand-Ruel, Paris (aquired from the artist, June 6, 1913);
Galerie Durand-Ruel, New York, (aquired from the above August 31, 1917);
Private collection, United States

Literature: 
Arsène Alexandre, Maxime Maufra, peintre marin et rustique
(1861-1918), Paris, Éditions des galeries Georges Petit, 1926,
reproduit p. 171.
Un avis d'inclusion au catalogue critique de l'oeuvre de Maxime
Maufra délivré par Madame Caroline Durand-Ruel Godfroy sera remis
à l'acquéreur.

Exhibitions: Panama-Pacific International Exhibition, San Francisco, 1915

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints