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Maximilien Luce


French Pointillist Painter, Lithographer and Draftsman

His Style Was Influenced by the following Painters and Art Movements  -Impressionism, Monet, Paul Signac, Georges Seurat

Education: Ecole des Arts décoratifs, Paris, France and later at the Académie Suisse

Artist Biography  and A Description of His Style

Maximilien Luce was born in a Parisian slum and grew up in grinding poverty. His impoverished upbringing made him sensitive to the plight of the poor and down trodden. He was a life long advocate for social justice and a bit of an anarchist. Later serving time in prison accused of  radical activities.

Inspired by his friendship with Georges Seurat,  Luce started experimenting with divisionism and adopted  the pointillist style. This unique style of painting is characterized by a methodical and scientific technique known as pointillism or divisionism. Pointillism painters juxtaposed small dots of pure color together to maximize luminosity. The dots appeared to intermingle and blend in the spectator's eye. During this phase of his artistic career he produced his greatest successes.

 He had no tolerance for racism and quit as President of the esteemed Société des Artistes Indépendants because of the Sociétés anti-Semitic ways.  

The Principal Pointillist Painters

Georges Seurat  1859-1891

Camille Pissarro  1830-1903

 Henri Cross 1834-1917

Paul Signac French, 1863-1935

Maximilien Luce 1858-1941

Charles Angrand 1854-1926

Georges Lemmen 1865-1916



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