Edgar Maxence  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

Edgar Maxence (born in Nantes, 1871, died in La Bernerie-en-Retz, 1954), was a French Symbolist painter.


He was taught by Elie Delaunay and Gustave Moreau at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. He exhibited in the Salon des Artistes Français from 1894 until 1939, and was active on the salon's committees and juries. Maxence combined highly trained technique with a taste for medieval and mythical subjects, and hermetic imagery, and he exhibited at the Salon de la Rose+Croix from 1895 to 1897.

In 1920 he painted the image of Our Lady on the vaulted ceiling of the choir in the Basilica of the Rosary in Lourdes. He also illustrated the book Sainte-Jeanne-d'Arc (1945) by Jean-Joseph-Léonce Villepelet (bishop of Nantes 1936-1966).

Works in museums or public galleries

Femme à l'Orchidée, 1900
Sérénité, ca. 1912
Tête de jeune fille, 1932
Fleurs des champs, ca. 1950


  • Grove Art online
  • French wikipedia

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