A captivating Art Deco enamel painted bronze and ivory figure of a high priestess holding two delicately carved flowers, exhibiting fine colour and detail highlighted with bright enamel cabuchons, signed Luce and stamped France
Height: 30 cm
Condition: Excellent Original Condition
Materials: Cold Painted Bronze & Ivory
Defra Ref: L5VR1FXT
A painter, lithographer and sculptor, Maximilien Luce (French, 1858–1941) was born into a poor family in Paris on March 13, 1858. After initial training as a wood carver at the École Nationale Supérieure des Arts Décoratifs, he began to study engraving in 1872, and took evening courses to deepen his knowledge. In 1876, he entered the shop of the engraver Eugène Froment, with whom he traveled to London in 1877. After his return to Paris in 1879, Luce began a four-year military service. During his service, and later, through 1885, he studied at the Académie Suisse and in the studio of Carolus-Duran at the École des Beaux-Arts, with his paintings displaying impressionistic influences. In the 1880s, he met and established friendly contacts with many Parisian painters, including Camille Pissarro, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac. Luce, along with these well-known artists, became the founders of Neo-Impressionism (Pointillism).