[§] PAUL LUCIEN MAZE (BRITISH/FRENCH 1887-1979)
LIFE GUARD ON HORSEBACK
Printed signature, watercolour and charcoal
29cm x 38cm (11.5in x 15in)
Estimate £300-500 + fees

Note: Paul Lucien Maze was an Anglo-French painter and has been referred to as 'The Last Post-Impressionist'. His father was an art collector and his circle of artistic frineds included Monet, Renoir, Dufy, and Pissarro. Maze learned the fundamentals of painting from Pissarro and, as a young boy, sketched on the beach with Dufy.

During the First World War, Maze served in the army and met Sir WInston Churchill in the trenches. Their shared love of painting led to a lifelong friendship. For his bravery in the front line, Maze was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal and Military Medal by the British and the Croix de Guerre and Legion D'honneur by the French.

After World War 1, Maze immersed himself in the Parisian art scene and became friends with Derain, de Segonzac, Bonnard and, in particular, Vuillard.

Maze became one of Churchill's artistic mentors, encouraging him to develop his drawing and painting techniques.

Maze's work is held in many galleries, including Tate, and in private collections worldwide.

Sold for £938 (buyer's premium included)