Saturday, March 22, 2008

Mystère de Pâques

Maurice Denis (1870 - 1943)
Easter Morning or Easter Mystery/Matin de Pàques ou Le Mystère de Pâques. 1891.
Oil on canvas. 104 x 102 cm.
Private collection.

In the Mystère de Pâques, Denis with a pointillist touch, uses dynamic shapes to spell out the religious content. He sets his Easter morning in an angular St-Germain-en-Laye. His Magdalene wears a dress with a nipped-in waist.