Musée d'Orsay: Maximilien Luce, Neo-Impressionist. A Retrospective

Maximilien Luce, Neo-Impressionist. A Retrospective


Maximilien LuceView of Londres (Canon street)© ADAGP, Paris © Tous droits réservés
Maximilien Luce (1858-1941) 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. Camille Pissarro, 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. Fascinated by Haussmann’s works, he evoked the world of builders. In his later years, living in Rolleboise in the Department of the Yvelines, Luce found peace and calm and returned to more tranquil subjects.

With over seventy artworks (paintings and drawings), as well as many historical documents, the exhibition spans the career of one of the best representatives of the neo-impressionist movement.


Marina Ferretti Bocquillon, scientific direction, curator, Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny, assisted by Vanessa Lecomte, assistant curator

Exhibition organised with by the Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny as part of the Normandie Impressionniste festival, with exceptional loans from the Musée d'Orsay

28 July - 31 October 2010

Musée des impressionnismes Giverny

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