Maximilien Luce French, 1858-1941


Maximilien Luce started his artistic career as a wood-engraver and lithographer, providing illustrations for various magazines. Fascinated by the neo-impressionists technique of Georges Seurat and Paul Signac, Luce experimented the divided touch from 1884 to 1895 which had a profound impact on his works and of his well-known works like such as La Seine à Herblay were painted with Signac's influence in mind.

From 1896, Luce returned to a more traditional, impressionist approach. During his stays in Eragny, Luce had frequent encounters with Camille Pissarro and the painters became friends. Pissarro has undoubtedly played an important part in Luce's artistic  development as the elder attempted to convince the younger to move away from neo-impressionism.

Whilst the Impressionists painted the elegant boulevards of Paris, Luce favoured the bustling streets of the city, capturing the everyday life of the working class in the suburbs like Montmartre or the banks of the Seine.

Luce has demonstrated his unique talent by taking full advantage of his findings on the neo-impressionists, integrating the impressionist ‘experience’ with the pointillist discoveries and translated them onto his canvases.


His works are currently in numerous museums worldwide such as San Diego Museum, San Diego ;Giverny Museum, Giverny ; Musée du Petit Palais, Geneva ;  Musée d'Orsay, Paris ;  Musée Thyssen-Bornemizsa, Madrid.

  • Maximilien Luce, La Seine aux Grésillons, 1894
    Maximilien Luce
    La Seine aux Grésillons, 1894
    Oil on canvas
    38 x 46 cm
    14 15/16 X 18 1/8 inches
    Signed and dated lower right ‘Luce’
  • Maximilien Luce, Moulineux, jeune femme ôtant sa sandale, 1904
    Maximilien Luce
    Moulineux, jeune femme ôtant sa sandale, 1904
    Oil on canvas
    55 x 46 cm
    21 5/8 x 18 inches
    Signed and dated lower right Luce 1904