French, 1871–1954

Edgar Maxence was a pupil of Gustave Moreau and Élie Delaunay. He painted portraits, landscapes and still-lifes and is mainly admired for his Symbolist compositions, principally of women, evolving in a legendary, atemporal and dream-like universe. He exhibited his work regularly in Paris at the Salon des Artistes Français, of which he became a member in 1898, gaining a distinction in 1894, a third-class medal in 1895, and a second-class medal in 1897. He won a gold medal in 1900 at the Exposition Universelle and became a Chevalier de la Légion d'Honneur. In 1924, he was elected to the Institut des Beaux-Arts and then promoted to Officier de la Légion d'Honneur. From 1895 to 1897, he also exhibited his work at the Salon de la Rose-Croix.

Museum Collections:
Musée d'Orsay, Paris
Musée des Beaux-Arts de Rennes, Rennes
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Washington, D.C.

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