Monday, February 25, 2008

Maurice Denis

Maurice Denis (1870 - 1943)
Pilgrims at Emmaus 1895
Oil on canvas
177 x 278 cm
Musée Départemental Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye

Maurice Denis (1870 - 1943)
The Annunciation under the Arch with Lilies 1913
Painting - oil on canvas
Height: 74.6 cm (29.37 in.), Width: 48.2 cm (18.98 in.)
Private Collection

Maurice Denis (1870 - 1943)
Nazareth, 1905,
Oil on canvas,
Collection of Modern Religious Art, Vatican Museums, Vatican City.

Maurice Denis (November 25, 1870 – November 1943) was a French painter and writer and a member of the Symbolist and Les Nabis movements. He was part of the Pont-Aven artist's colony centred around Gauguin and Serusier.

Denis’s work was influenced by Gauguin, but differed in its religious subject matter. His most famous painting was Homage to Cezanne that depicted Denis and some of Cezanne’s other followers including Redon, Serusier, Vuillard, and Bonnard.

His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art.

The subjects of his paintings included landscapes and figure studies, particularly of mother and child. But his primary interest was in painting religious subjects.

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