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Luce, Maximilien

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/benz/9780199773787.article.B00112305
Luce, Maximilien

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French, 19th – 20th century, male.

Born 13 March 1858, in Paris; died 6 February 1941, in Rolleboise (Yvelines).

Painter, watercolourist, pastellist, engraver, lithographer, draughtsman, illustrator. Figures, portraits, scenes with figures, landscapes, urban landscapes.

Maximilien Luce began an apprenticeship with the wood engraver Henri Théophile Hildibrand in 1872, and simultaneously studied drawing at evening class. In 1876, having qualified as an engraver, he joined a workshop where illustrations were engraved for many French magazines and some foreign periodicals. He went to London in 1877, where he sold some drawings to the magazine Graphic. When he returned to Paris he was called for national service in 1879, first in Brittany, and later in Paris, where he was able to pursue his career as an engraver. During his time in the army he studied under Carolus Duran, probably at the Swiss academy, and worked at the École de Dessin in Les Gobelins. He was mostly self-taught from his observations of nature, and also received guidance from his friend Camille Pissarro. In 1887 he joined the Société des Artistes Indépendants and took part in their exhibitions, which were avant-garde at the time. He also exhibited with the Groupe des Vingt in Brussels in 1889 and 1892....

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Subjects: Painting ; Book Arts and Illustration ; Prints and Printmaking ; 20th-Century Art ; 19th-Century Art

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