Maxime Maufra

Fecamp – The Artists – Maufra, Maxime

This page forms part of a series of pages dedicated to the many artists who worked in Fecamp. A full list of all the artists with a link to their works can be found at the bottom of this page.

Maxime Maufra
Maxime Maufra

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Maxime Maufra (1861-1918) was a French Impressionist painter who was known for his landscapes, seascapes, and coastal scenes. He was born in Nantes, France and began his artistic studies at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.

Maufra’s early work was heavily influenced by the Impressionists, and he was a member of the Société des Artistes Indépendants. He is best known for his depictions of the Brittany coast, which he often painted in a loose, Impressionistic style. He was particularly interested in the effects of light and color on the sea and sky, and his paintings often capture the movement and energy of the waves and clouds.

Maufra’s work was well-received during his lifetime, and he exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Français and the Salon d’Automne. He was also a member of the Société Nationale des Beaux-Arts.

Today, Maufra’s paintings can be found in major museums and private collections around the world, including the Musée d’Orsay in Paris and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. He is considered to be one of the most important French Impressionist painters of the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

He became good friends with fellow artist Paul Gauguin.

Maufra was mainly an artist of landscapes and marine views. In his compositions, Maufra sometimes quoted the pointillist technique of Camille Pissarro or Alfred Sisley, and also took from the strong colors and powerful drawing of the Pont-Aven School.

Click here to read Maufra’s full bio on Wikipedia.

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NOTE: To our knowledge, Maufra never worked in Fecamp itself, instead painted in the nearby village of Yport.

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Yport (population: 850), a small fishing village (with no harbour), lies close to Fecamp on the South-West alongside the coast. Today it’s a seaside resort village with a casino, restaurants and hotels.

1900 - Maxime Maufra - Calm at Sunset, Yport
1900 – Maxime Maufra – Calm at Sunset, Yport

NOTE: You can see Fecamp in the distance.

1900 - Maxime Maufra - Departure of Fishing Boats, Yport
1900 – Maxime Maufra – Departure of Fishing Boats, Yport
1900 - Maxime Maufra - Low Tide at Yport
1900 – Maxime Maufra – Low Tide at Yport
1900 - Maxime Maufra - Sunset, Yport
1900 – Maxime Maufra – Sunset, Yport

Maxime Maufra painted several in a couple of other places in Normandy, which will be featured eventually on this site. A link “” to those cities will appear below when published.

Fecamp is a picturesque fishing town which made for a great backdrop for many artist. Here are all the artists who applied their arts in the town and its surroundings (a link “” will appear when we have published an article on this artist’s works in Fecamp):

NOTE: a “*” besides the artist’s name indicates that the artist did NOT work directly in Fecamp, instead worked in Fecamp’s surroundings only.

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