Description: Maximilien Luce was born into a working-class family in the artist-heavy Montparnasse district of Paris. After spending several years studying in the studio of the revered artist Carolus-Duran, Luce as an independent artist aligned himself more with the Neo-Impressionist movement, spearheaded by Paul Signac and Georges Seurat. Like his friend, Camille Pissarro, Luce held somewhat radical political beliefs and was an active voice in the anarchist movements in Paris in the 1890s, even briefly serving time in prison in 1894 for his leftist views.
Luce left behind an interestingly mixed oeuvre, dividing his attention between scenes of hard-pressed urban laborers and complacent views of the Gothic churches both in his native Paris and around France. In The Cathedral at Gisors, View of the Ramparts, Luce traveled to the picturesque town of Gisors, northwest of Paris. In his pointillist view of the Church of St-Gervais et St-Protais, he gives new life to the centuries-old structure by basking it in the golden light of sunset.