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Neo-Impressionist Seascapes of Maufra, Matin and du Puigaudeau

On 22 November 2021, by Philippe Dufour

Artists Maxime Maufra, Henri Martin and Ferdinand du Puigaudeau all captured the special atmosphere of the seaside and lagoons.

Neo-Impressionist Seascapes of Maufra, Matin and du Puigaudeau

Maxime Maufra (1861-1918), Guimaëc, plage de Beg an Fry, Finistère (Guimaëc, Beg an Fry Beach, Finistere), 1906, signed and dated oil on canvas, 60 x 81 cm/23.62 x 31.89 in.
Result: 320 860 €

This sale of modern and contemporary paintings netted a total of €446,400. Maritime views held center stage, the most sought-after being by Maxime Maufra. In 1906, he painted Guimaëc, plage de Beg an Fry, Finistère (Guimaëc, Beg an Fry Beach, Finistere), which fetched €320,860. The Durand-Ruel Gallery acquired the work directly from the artist on October 15 of the year it was made (60 x 81 cm/23.62 x 31.88 in). It comes with a certificate drawn up by Caroline Durand-Ruel-Godefroy (June 24, 2012). A photograph of the artist painting the picture from nature appears in Patrick Ramade’s Maxime Maufra, un ami de Gauguin en Bretagne (Maxime Maufra, a Friend of Gauguin’s in Brittany, Le Chasse-marée, éditions de l'Estran, 1988).
 

Henri Martin (1860-1943), Venise, la Salute (Venice, La Salute), c. 1915, signed oil on cardboard, 43 x 51 cm/16.93 x 20.08 in.Result: €93

Henri Martin (1860-1943), Venise, la Salute (Venice, La Salute), c. 1915, signed oil on cardboard, 43 x 51 cm/16.93 x 20.08 in.
Result: €93,000

In its wake, Henri Martin’s vibrant Venise, la Salute (Venice, La Salute) from about 1915 fetched €93,000. The signed oil on cardboard (43 x 51 cm/16.93 x 20.08 in) is a fine example of Martin’s experiments; here he used comma-like strokes to totally decompose the scene. Back in Brittany, Ferdinand du Puigaudeau painted Feu d'artifice à Pont-Aven (Fireworks at Pont-Aven) on its original canvas (92 x 73 cm/36.22 x 28.74 in). The work’s theme is a superb pretext for a virtuoso play of colors that earned it a winning bid of €42,160. Lastly, Jean Dufy’s lively watercolor Place de la Concorde, a lovely view that changed hands for €20,570, captures the hustle and bustle of Paris (43 x 58.5 cm/16.93 x 23.03 in).

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