PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (French/British 1887-1979): "Roses", pastel on paper, signed "P. Maze" lower left, in a carved and giltwood frame. Often called the last of the Post-Impressionists, Maze had a reputation as one of the great artists of his generation. He was born in 1887 into an artistic circle in Le Havre, where the young Maze learned the rudiments of painting from family friends that included Renoir, Monet, Dufy and Pissarro. His friend Edouard Vuillard insisted his forte was in pastels and took him to his own pastel merchant who developed a new formula which resulted in over 1600 color choices. His technique "brought him world renown" and he had one-man exhibitions in Paris, London and New York at Galleries Bernheim, Wildenstein, Leicester, Reed & Lefevre, Marlborough & Acquavella. Maze was a much decorated veteran of both wars and befriended Winston Churchill in the trenches in World War I. He encouraged Churchill to paint and they often painted together at Chartwell. Maze's work is in the collections of the Tate, The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, The Glasgow City Art Gallery, Manchester City Art Gallery, Southampton City Gallery & the National Museum of Northern Ireland.
Height Image: 21 1/4 Width Image: 29 1/4" Frame Height: 28" Frame Width: 36"