A Slag Heap Near Marchiennes

Maximilien Luce (French, 1858-1941)

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Luce's approach to this canvas, painted nearly a decade after La Rue Mouffetard, offers a more relaxed pointillist touch and a more intense social commentary. His sensitivity to labor issues is reflected in this scene of the Black Country of southern Belgium, an important mining and iron production center. The position of the workers, small and anonymous in the landscape, is dramatized by the silhouette of a woman straining to push a coal cart at the edge of the slag heap.

Luce's earlier commitment to the tight dots of pointillism and strict divisionist color theory is replaced here by freer brushwork and a more intuitive handling of color.

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Object Information

artist
Maximilien Luce (French, 1858-1941)
creation date
1898
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
21-1/2 x 28-3/4 in.
28-1/2 x 36 in. (framed)
accession number
71.204.2
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. B. Gerald Cantor
copyright
© Maximilien Luce/Artists Rights Society (ARS)
collection
European Painting and Sculpture 1800-1945

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