Oil on panel
12 ⅝ x 16 ⅛ inches
19 ¼ x 23 ⅛ inches framed
Signed lower right: Luce
Signed and titled on reverse: Luce / le Tréport
Executed circa 1935
This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity by Denise Bazetoux, dated 24 September 2006.
In the painting Les Régates au Tréport Maximilien Luce depicts one of his signature seaside landscapes. In this light hearted view of the harbor at Tréport, a popular seaside resort and vacation spot for Parisians in Normandy at the mouth of the Bresle River, Luce depicts the leisure sport of a summer sailboat regatta. A broken and uneven line of pleasure sailboats ply the wind against the slightly choppy waters of this harbor town abutting the English Channel before the furthest boat reduced to just a small vertical disappears against the horizon. The rhythm of floating white and violet clouds drawn by rapidly applied short brushstrokes and interrupted only by a few minimal breaks of brilliant blue patches of sky creates an uncertain atmosphere of flat light. This movement in the sky is echoed in the wind whipped white-capped waves that cut through Luce’s signature blue, violet and green waters. There is a deliberate sparseness of composition in the painting. Luce has applied his own vernacular to the formality of the Pointillists in this seascape painted in the twilight of his career. His color palette still retains some of the lightness of the Impressionists but there is no doubt that Luce paints this picture with his own distinct style that is devoid of any artifice or convention, a newly found freedom that expresses his own unique vision.