Maximilien Luce, Neo-Impressionist. A Retrospective at Musée des Impressionnismes Giverny

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GIVERNY.- Covering Luce’s career, the exhibition brings together around 80 works and features some of the most significant examples of Neo-impressionist painting. Maximilien Luce (1858-1941) was born in Paris to an artisan’s family. He worked as a printmaker in his early years then, around 1880, devoted his career to painting. Camille Pissarro, who shared his anarchist convictions, introduced him to the Neo-Impressionist group in 1887. Luce adopted their technique of divisionism – the separate application of individual colors. But, far from having the detached approach of Georges Seurat, Luce portrayed the contemporary world with passion. He liked to depict violent effects of light, from the sunset on the banks of the Seine River to the new effects of artificial, urban lighting. No less lyrical are the paintings of the Pays Noir where the flames of blast furnaces set the night ablaze. Luce’s works became powerfully colorful prefiguring