An Anglo-French painter, Paul Lucien Maze has been referred to as 'The Last Post-Impressionist'. The son of an art collector, his father's circle of artistic friends included Monet, Renoir, Dufy, and Pissarro. Maze learned the fundamentals of painting from Pissarro and, as a young boy, sketched on the beach with Dufy.
During the First World War, Maze served in the army and met Sir Winston Churchill in the trenches. Their shared love of painting led to a lifelong friendship. For his bravery in the front line, Maze was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal by the British and the Croix de Guerre and Ordre national de la Legion D'honneur by the French.
Maze became one of Churchill's artistic mentors, encouraging him to develop his drawing and painting techniques.
After World War 1, Maze immersed himself in the Parisian art scene and became friends with Derain, de Segonzac, Bonnard and, in particular, Vuillard. He then moved to London in 1921.
In 1952, Maze recorded the funeral of His Majesty King George VI and subsequently selected as the Official Painter of Queen Elizabeth II's Coronation the following year. His work is held in many galleries, including Tate and the Getty, and in private collections worldwide.