Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Edgar Maxence

Woman with Orchid
oil on canvas
57 x 43 cm
Musee d'Orsay, Paris, France

Edgard Maxence (1871-1954), was a French Symbolist painter. He was born in Nantes. He was taught by Elie Delaunay and Gustave Moreau at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts in Paris. The meeting between Maxence and Moreau was absolutly decisive for the young artist who stayed in his master’s studio until 1896, and remained faithful to his teaching all along his life. He combined highly trained technique with a taste for medieval and mythical subjects. Since 1893, he regularly exibited at the Salon of French Artists and Salon of Rose-Croix. His paintings were very attached with the Symbolist movement to whom he took his subjects. In 1900, he was awarded with a gold medal at the Word Fair and gained the Legion of Honour.