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Maurice Alfred Décamps is best known for his floral compositions and his landscapes of the French countryside. Décamps trained at the École Régionale des Beaux Arts d’Amiens as the student of Pierre Eugene Montezin. He was a member of the school of artists which included Achille Cesbron, Fantin-Latour and Georges Jeannin. Along with these artsists, Décamps sought harmony and power in floral representations rather than grace, delicacy and lightness.

Decamps style was much inspired by pointillism and the luminosity of the work of the great Impressionist masters Alfred Sisley, Camille Pissarro and Claude Monet. His flower paintings are widely collected for their superb composition and masterful use of light and colour. Meanwhile his landscapes use the same spontaneity of brush and illuminating colour but the overall feel is much more free and expressive.

Décamps first exhibited at the Salon des Artistes Francais in 1913. He was awarded a variety of honors during his lifetime including the Prix de la Savoie in 1926, the Prix de la Société des Paysagistes in 1927, the Prix de Raigecourt-Goyon in 1929 and the Prix Justin Claverie in 1938.

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