Maxime Maufra was born in Nantes in 1861 and began to paint at the age of eighteen, encouraged by two local artists, but was later sent to Liverpool to train for a commercial career.
On his return to France in 1884 he worked in commerce in Nantes and painted in his spare time. However, he had encountered the paintings of the Impressionists, in particular Camille Pissaro and Alfred Sisley, which proved to be a great inspiration, and was able to exhibit three paintings at the Paris Salon of 1886 to critical acclaim. By 1890 he had decided to devote himself entirely to painting.
He moved to Brittany where he met Paul Gaugin and Paul Serusier and other artists of the Pont-Aven School, and although he subsequently moved to Montmartre in Paris in 1892, he continued to paint annually in Brittany, especially around Quiberon and Morgat. Maxime Maufra had his first one man exhibition in Paris at ‘Le Barc de Bouleville’ in 1894, following which the renowned Parisian art dealer Durand-Ruel supported his career for the rest of his life.
Maxime Maufra , despite the strong influence of the Impressionists on his work, remained an independent and intuitive painter, recording the elusive qualities of nature with imaginative use of colour, bold brushwork and a powerful technique.
He died in 1918.
Musee d’Art Moderne de la Ville de Paris
Musee d’Orsay, Paris
Musee des Beaux Arts de Pont Aven
Tate Gallery, London
Museum of Fine Art, Boston
National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa
Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum, Madrid
Various other museums in America, England and France.