Paul Lucien Maze

Paul Lucien Maze

‘The Last Post-Impressionist’

Lyon & Turnbull are delighted to present a selection of works by the artist Paul Maze (1887-1979). This unique collection of twenty-two portraits, landscapes and still lifes were initially purchased from the artist’s studio, and will be available in the Paintings & Works on Paper auction on 13th October 2021. For an insight into the artist’s fascinating life, and a selection of available lots, read on…

Paul Lucien Maze was born in Le Havre, Normandy in 1887. His father’s success as a tea merchant enabled the family to acquire artworks in the new Impressionist style. Paul Maze grew up with family friends including Claude Monet and Pierre-August Renoir, and spent time painting and sketching alongside Camille Pissarro and Raoul Dufy.

 

PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) MEDITERRANEAN HILLSIDE
LOT 45 | § PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) | MEDITERRANEAN HILLSIDE
Signed lower right, pastel on buff paper | 26cm x 35cm (10.25in x 13.75in) | £300 - £500 + fees

 

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Maze served as a translator for the Royal Scots Greys in World War I, but was separated from his unit without documentation following the Retreat from Mons. Found by a British unit, Maze was sentenced to death on suspicion of operating as a spy. Fortunately, a chance encounter with a Royal Scots Grey granted Maze a last-minute reprieve.

 

PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) GUARDS, TROOPING
LOT 50 | § PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) | GUARDS, TROOPING
Signed lower right, oil on board | 23.5cm x 32.75cm (9in x 12.5in) | £800 - £1,200 + fees

 

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He then served as a military draughtsman, and developed a close friendship with Sir Winston Churchill, who would write the preface to Maze’s autobiography. Churchill recalled that ‘with the fewest of strokes, he can create an impression at once true and beautiful.’

 

PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) YACHTS IN SUMMER
LOT 46 | § PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) | YACHTS IN SUMMER
Signed lower left, watercolour and pencil on paper | 26.5cm x 36cm (10.5in x 14in) | £400 - £600 + fees

 

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After the War, Maze immersed himself in the Parisian art scene, developing friendships with André Derain, André Dunoyer de Segonzac and Pierre Bonnard. He was particularly close with Edouard Vuillard, who encouraged his use of pastels, which he opined were best-suited to Maze’s artistic vision.

 

PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) SITTING IN THE GARDEN
LOT 53 | § PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) | SITTING IN THE GARDEN
Signed lower left, pastel on off-white paper | 53cm x 71.5cm (20.75in x 28in) | £800 - £1,200 + fees

 

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In 1952 Paul Maze was selected to record the funeral of King George VI, and was Official Painter of Queen Elizabeth II’s Coronation the following year. To many, Maze is remembered as ‘The Last Post-Impressionist’. His work is represented galleries across the world, including Tate and Getty.

 

PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) NEVA
LOT 63 | § PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (FRENCH 1887-1979) | NEVA
Signed lower right, inscribed 'Neva' lower left, pastel on green paper | 25.5cm x 35.5cm (10in x 13.75in) | £400 - £600 + fees

 

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Auction Information

 

Paintings & Works on Paper

Wednesday 13 October 2021 10:00

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