Although formally trained in the Academie Julian and the Ecole des Beaux-Arts de Paris (which he rarely attended), and a regularly exhibited in the renowned Salon des Artistes Français, Charles Maurin
- 1914) was also quite an eccentric personage: a libertarian anarchist who associated regularly with Jean Grave's journal Les Temps Nouveaux, along with Pissarro and Signac, and who was a close friend of Toulouse-Lautrec's, reciprocally etching each other's portrait.
Charles Maurin was also
an exceedingly innovative printmaker who developed new color techniques based on
traditional etching, aquatint, and drypoint. More specifically,
he perfected color soft-ground etching, invented a sugar-based etching
process on copper or zinc, and made prints "au vaporisateur", a spray technique that inspired Toulouse-Lautrec's brush and spatter lithographs.
He specialized in representing intimist interiors, often family scenes of mothers and children bathing, as well as female nudes, which were notably admired by Degas.
Devant la Glace (also called Nu de Dos, se coiffant, face à un Miroir,
* Maurice Fréchuret, L'œuvre de Charles Maurin : un symbolisme du réel, thèse, Université Lyon II, 2 vol., Lyon 1986.