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