Oil on board: 14 x 54 cm
Signed (lower left): ‘Luce’
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Maximilien Luce was a prolific French Neo-impressionist artist, known for his paintings, illustrations, engravings, and graphic art, and also for his anarchist activism. Luce was among the most productive of the Neo-impressionists, creating over two thousand oil paintings, a comparably large number of watercolors, gouaches, pastels, and drawings, plus over a hundred prints.
The Musée d’Orsay assesses Luce as “one of the best representatives of the neo-impressionist movement”. Although he had had many solo exhibitions of his work in France, the first one in the United States did not occur until a 1997 retrospective at Wildenstein & Company in Manhattan.
The authenticity of this work has been confirmed by Mrs Denise Bazetoux in January 2020 and will be included in the forthcoming catalogue raissonné (Tome 4).