Charles Maurin

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Self-portrait of Charles Maurin

Charles Maurin (1 April 1856 – 22 July 1914) was a French painter and engraver in a variety of styles.

Life and career[edit]

Maurin was born in Le Puy-en-Velay (Haute-Loire, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes). He was awarded the Prix Crozatier in 1875, and used the funds to go to Paris to study art at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts under Jules Lefebvre from 1876 to 1879.[1] He also studied at the Académie Julian, where he eventually taught. He exhibited at the Salon of French artists and became a member of the Society of French Artists in 1883. He was a teacher and friend of the painter Félix Vallotton. Deeply anti-clerical, he was a great admirer of Jules Vallès, Kropotkin, Louise Michel, and Flora Tristan.


Maurin received the support of Vollard and was a friend of Toulouse-Lautrec—who had his first individual exhibition with him in 1893—and also of many other artists, including François-Rupert Carabin and the entertainer Aristide Bruant. A notable symbolist work of his is Maternity, a study of motherhood. Inspired by Japanese artists, he revolutionized the technique of etching, but without forgetting the woodcuts. In 1891 he patented a method of color printing.[1] In 1892, he exhibited at the Salon de la Rose + Croix. He contributed to La Revue Blanche, directed by Félix Fénéon, and Les Temps nouveaux, published by Jean Grave.

Charles Maurin died on 22 July 1914 in Grasse (Provence, Aquitaine).


  1. ^ a b Lymbery, Etrenne. "Maurin, Charles". Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press.

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