Maximilien Luce, Neo-Impressionist. A Retrospective
July 28 - October 31, 2010
Exhibition organized for the Normandy Festival of Impressionism
Maximilien Luce was born in Paris to an artisan’s family. He worked as a printmaker in his early years then, around 1880, devoted his career to painting. Paul Signac, who shared his anarchist convictions, introduced him to the Neo-Impressionist group in 1887. Luce adopted their technique of divisionism – the separate application of individual colors. But, far from having the detached approach of Georges Seurat, Luce portrayed the contemporary world with passion. He liked to depict violent effects of light, from the sunset on the banks of the Seine River to the new effects of artificial, urban lighting. No less lyrical are the paintings of the Pays Noir where the flames of blast furnaces set the night ablaze.
Luce’s works became powerfully colorful prefiguring Fauvism. Covering the artist’s career, the exhibition brought together more than 70 works and featured some of the most significant examples of Neo-impressionist painting.
This exhibition received exceptional loans from the musée d'Orsay.