Description & Technical information

Maxime Maufra made several decorations for the Grand Hôtel de la Mer in Morgat. During the construction of the first hotel in 1899, Maufra painted three paintings, The Wind, The Calm and The Storm, which met with great success and are considered the masterpieces of the artist.
The first hotel, too far from the sea, was quickly abandoned, and a second one was built in 1902. It was for this new building, precisely for the dining room, that these paintings were painted, that a third, The Village, exhibited at Durand-Ruel in 1907, accompanied them.
Our two paintings take the landscapes of Morgat as a backdrop. The first, showing a young fisherman in front of the bay, is located opposite the Pointe de la Chaise, whose monumental arch can be seen on the horizon, the second, on the cliffs of Morgat. These two monumental compositions combine the representation of sea and land products with that of calm and storm.

In Maufra's work, these two canvases are among the few human figures that the artist has created, which makes them particularly interesting.

Dated lower left followed by a sea anchor : 1902
Certificate of authenticity issued by Mrs Caroline Godfroy dated October 27th, 2017. This work is recorded under the photo n°23344 in the archives of Durand-Ruel.

Date:  1902
Period:  20th century
Origin:  France
Medium: Oil on canvas
Dimensions: 198 x 143 cm (78 x 56¹/₄ inches)
Literature: Musée du Prieuré, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Maxime Maufra, supplement of the exhibition catalogue, 1986, n°28 and n°29.

This work will be included in the Catalogue Critique de l'oeuvre de Maxime Maufra being prepared by Mrs Caroline Godfroy.

Categories: Paintings, Drawings & Prints