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Artist Maximilien Luce - Painting La Bievre près du Paris Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Artist: Maximilien Luce (1858 - 1941)

Painting Title: "La Bievre près du Paris"

Oil on canvas, signed and painted c.1890. 
Frame size: 22 x 25in / 57 x 64cm

Artist Sir Alfred Munnings - Painting The Morning Ride For Sale

John Atkinson Grimshaw (1836 - 1893) - The Pool and London Bridge at Night Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Sir Kyffin Williams RA, RCA (1918 - 2006) - Pembrokeshire Cottage Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Artist Maximilien Luce - Painting La Bievre près du Paris

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Jean-Bouin Luce & Denise Bazetoux, Maximilien Luce, Catalogue raisoneé de l’oeuvre peint, vol. II, Paris, 1986, no. 46, illustrated p. 18
New York, Hammer Galleries, 19th and 20th Century European and American Paintings, 1984, n.n., illustrated in the catalogue 

Maximilien Luce - Artist's Biography

Maximilien Luce was born into a modest family in 1858 in Paris. From his early youth he mixed with impoverished artisans, and workers constructing the major roads and other works. At the age of thirteen, he was an appalled witness of the massacres carried out by government forces against the revolutionaries of the Paris Commune of 1871. This was to haunt him for all his life. When he began to work the following year, the illustrated papers were coming into their own in Paris, and Maximilien’s father placed him as an apprentice in a wood engraving workshop, where he became a skilled worker. At the same time he began to draw and to paint scenes from the working class neighbourhoods, especially of Montrouge where he lived, taking night courses in painting.

In 1877 Luce left Paris and went to London. When he returned to France in 1879 he was called for military service, first in Brittany and then in Paris where he continued with his career as an engraver. It was during his military service that Luce met Charles Emile Carolus-Duran (1837-1917), the famous French painter and sculptor. His subsequent entrance to Carolus-Duran's studio not only gave him painstaking training as a draftsman, but introduced him to the leading painters of the time.

Through his friendship with Camille Pissarro, a fellow anarchist sympathiser, Luce came to know Georges Seurat, Paul Signac and Henri-Edmond Cross. Together with them he was one of the early Neo-Impressionists, who became famous for their experimentation with pointillism.

Luce was no theoretician but he absorbed many of Seurat’s ideas about painting. The neo-impressionists painted in pure divided tones in a “scientific” fashion, not mixing colours on the palette or the canvas. By dividing tones, the small spots of pure colour came together in the eyes of the observer, creating harmonious and vibrant masses of colour. Luce took liberties with the theories of Seurat, and contrasted areas of the canvas where the spots of colour were thickly gathered together with other areas of the canvas where the colour spots were separated by white spaces. This gave his paintings a vibrant dynamism. He marked himself out by his refined use of the spectrum and his frequent use of a range of colours to produce superb effects of light.

From 1897 he moved away from this “divisionist” style towards a more classic Impressionism, whilst retaining his use of vibrant colours and thickly crowded spaces.

At around this time, Luce began to participate in the activities of the anarchist group of the 14th arrondissement. He began to contribute to the anarchist press, being one of the first artists to come to the aid of Pere Peinard, providing more than 200 designs or lithographs right up to 1914. He was also the principal illustrator for Grave’s new paper Les Temps Nouveaux, from 1895 to 1914, supplying its first poster in 1896, L’Incendiare (The Incendiary).

In July 1894 Luce was arrested and imprisoned at Mazas, following the wave of repression against the anarchist movement. Luce was accused of inciting the people to revolt through his sketches. But due to insufficient evidence he was acquitted and freed on 17th August, after forty eight days in jail. Far from deterring Luce, this only strengthened his anarchist convictions, and he published an album of ten lithographs on prison life at Mazas. For a while he exiled himself to Charleroi in Belgium, but Luce was again arrested and imprisoned for several days in 1896 during the visit of King Alfonso XIII of Spain.

Apart from his portraits of Feneon, Pissarro, Signac, Louise Michel and his studies for the execution of the Communard Eugene Varlin, Luce created many paintings of the mining area of the Borinage between 1895 and 1900. He was fascinated by the blight of industrialisation on this region, depicting the furnaces and mines.

From 1903, and more than thirty years after the events, he began a series devoted to the Paris Commune. In one of them, Une Rue de Paris en Mai 1871, he depicts the corpses of four shot Communards, one of them a woman, lying alongside piles of cobbles. He exhibited this at the Salon of the Independent Artists in 1905.

During the First World War, he produced many paintings of the horrors of war and of returning and wounded soldiers. In the 1930s he concentrated on landscapes and on urban scenes depicting the life of dockers, building workers, labourers and fishermen. Other than politically-motivated scenes, he also painted a large number of urban views, landscapes, and portraits.

He succeeded Signac as President of the Society of Independent Artists in 1935 but resigned his post in 1940 to protest against the racial laws passed by the Vichy regime which banned Jewish artists from all official groups. He died the following year.

Luce’s works are featured in permanent collections of many internationally renowned museums including, among others, the Musée D’Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum in New York, N.Y., the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., the National Gallery of Canada in Ottawa, Ontario, and the Legion of Honor museum in San Francisco, California.


About Willow Gallery

Willow Gallery first opened in Weybridge during the late 1980s, dealing in British and European 19th century paintings. Since relocating to London’s Duke Street, St James’s in 2006, the business has expanded both its client base and range of stock, and now sells work from the 1830s to the 1980s.

With an exhaustive global knowledge of the constantly fluctuating art market, full in-depth research of any painting purchased, and a keen eye for only buying exceptional paintings in excellent condition, we are able to procure works that represent superb value for money. With a vast network of contacts throughout the globe, we are aware of paintings long before they are available on the open market. Before acquiring a painting, a member of staff will usually travel to wherever it may be, to personally evaluate the piece and confirm that it fulfils all relevant criteria concerning quality, price, and condition. Clients quickly become aware that they are buying a painting that has had a thorough assessment from Willow Gallery, and realise the value of such expertise in ensuring that they are completely happy with their purchases.

The services that the gallery provide extend far beyond the moment of sale. To ensure that the paintings look their best in their new environment, we can provide a full installation service. We work with a number of lighting consultants and can also arrange to have the work hung by experts to ensure complete peace of mind. Advice can also be given regarding framing, cleaning and conservation. We will on occasion take pieces on consignment to sell on clients’ behalf.

Willow Gallery is perfectly placed to look to the future with confidence. With a location in the most sought-after street in the traditional art world, and a strong presence in numerous fairs both in the UK and abroad, our client base continues to expand as numerous buyers join us on our journey. Please visit the gallery to view our constantly changing stock, and should you have any paintings to sell, we are always looking to purchase the finest quality work.

Willow Art Gallery London - Fine Art Oil Paintings -Previously at Weybridge Surrey

Fine Art Oil Paintings at Willow Art Gallery London


We are also happy to advise clients about their collections, and are always looking to purchase the highest-quality paintings.


Willow Gallery has relocated from Weybridge Surrey to Duke St, London

Willow Fine Art Gallery in Duke Street London - Previously in Weybridge Surrey 

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Please visit our website to view our entire current collection, and if you require any information, contact the gallery and we would be happy to help.

Website: www.willowgallery.com

Willow Gallery London

40 - 41 Duke Street

St James's

London SW1Y 6DF

Tel: 0207 968 1830
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Maurice Utrillo (1883 - 1955) Artist - Église Saint Léger, Soissons - Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Artist Laurence Stephen Lowry - Family Group

Artist Dorothea Sharp - On the Shore Painting at Willow Gallery London

Thomas Luny (1759 - 1837) Artist - The Battle of the Dogger Bank, August 5th, 1781

Maurice Utrillo (1883 - 1955) Artist - Église Saint Léger, Soissons

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Member of BADA and LAPADA
Established in 1990
Exhibitor at UK and International Fine Art and Antique fairs
Specialists in Impressionist and European paintings

Example Of The Range Of Art For Sale At Willow Gallery London

The extensive collection changes regularly, but the following list will give an indication of the quality and range of fine oil paintings available for sale. At the beginning of April 2015 Willow Gallery had paintings by the following artists;

A Arnosa, Jose Gallegos y

Blaas, Eugen de
Blinks, Thomas
Boudin, Eugène


Campo, Federico del
Cassigneul, Jean Pierre
Coomans, Pierre-Oliver Joseph
Cooper, CVO RA, Thomas Sidney,
Cortes, Edouard Leon

D Dufy, Jean
F Flint, RA, RWS, PRWS, Sir William Russell
Foster, Myles Birket
G Gilbert, Victor Gabriel
Grimshaw, John Atkinson
Grutzner, Eduard von
H Hamza, Johann
Hardy, ARWS, RP, RE, RWA, Heywood
Harvey, Harold
Hutchison, RSA, RBA, ROI, RSW, Robert Gemmell
I Irolli, Vincenzo
K Kennedy, Cecil
Klinkenberg, Johannes Christiaan Karel
Knight, Daniel Ridgway
Koekkoek, Willem
Koester, Alexander
Kruseman, Frederik Marinus
L Ladell, Edward
Laloue, Eugène Galien
Lavery, RA, RSA, RHA, Sir John
Lhermitte, Léon Augustin
Loiseau, Gustave
Lowry RA RSBA, Laurence Stephen
Luce, Maximilien
Luny, Thomas
M Montézin, Pierre Eugène
Munnings, KCVO, PRA, Sir Alfred
Muschamp RBA, Sydney
N Nerly, Christian Friedrich
P Paoletti, Antonio
Percy, Sidney Richard
Preyer, Emilie
R Reggianini, Vittorio
Renoir, Pierre-Auguste
Robie, Jean-Baptiste
S Salinas, Juan Pablo
Schendel, Petrus Van
Seago, RWS, RBA, Edward
Sharp, RBA, ROI, VPSWA, Dorothea
Spencelayh, HRBSA, RMS, VPBWS Charles
Spohler, Jan Jacob
Spohler, Johannes Franciscus
Springer, Cornelis
Stannard, Eloise Harriet
T Towne, Charles
U Utrillo, Maurice
V Valtat, Louis
Vlaminck, Maurice de
W Williams RA, RCA, Sir Kyffin

Visit the Willow Gallery website for the current selection of images representing paintings, which are only a choice few from their extensive collection.

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Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London is a member of BADA - the British Antique Dealers' Association. Categories of Art at Willow gallery include Sporting, Marine, Impressionist, Modern British, Victorian & European

BADA - the British Antique Dealers' Association

Willow Gallery Weybridge Surrey & London is a member of LAPADA - the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers - Categories of Art at Willow gallery include Sporting, Marine, Impressionist, Modern British, Victorian & European

LAPADA - the Association of Art and Antiques Dealers

We are always looking to purchase fine quality paintings



Gustave Loiseau (1865 - 1935) Artist - Plage Et Falaises De Fécamp - Fine Art Oil Painting For Sale

Gustave Loiseau (1865 - 1935) Artist - Plage Et Falaises De Fécamp

Jean Pierre Cassigneul Derrière la Vitre

Emilio Sanchez-perrier (1855 - 1907) - A Quiet Stretch Of The River

Eugène Boudin (1824 - 1898) Port De Mer. Un Bassin. Effet Du Matin

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