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Maurice Denis
 
 

Self-Portrait Under The Trees, 1891

 
 

French painter, one of the leading artists and theoreticians of the Symbolist movement.

Denis studied at the Acadйmie Julian (1888) under Jules Lefebvre and at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Reacting against the naturalistic tendencies of Impressionism, Denis fell under the influence of the work of Paul Gauguin, whose style was also much admired by Denis's fellow students Paul Serusier, Edouard Vuillard, Pierre Bonnard, and Ker Xavier Roussel. With these friends, Denis joined in the Symbolist movement and its later offshoot, the group of painters collectively called the Nabis (q.v.). The quasi-mystical attitude of the Nabis was perfectly suited to Denis's highly religious nature. In 1890 Denis expressed the underlying principle of much modern painting in the following often-quoted words: “It should be remembered that a picture—before being a warhorse, a nude, or an anecdote of some sort—is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order.”

Later, however, after visiting Italy, Denis became greatly influenced by the works of the great Italian fresco painters ofthe 14th and 15th centuries and began to place emphasis on subject matter, traditional perspective, and modeling, as in “Homage а Cezanne” (1901). Denis's monumental mural decorations are to be seen in many French churches as well as on the ceiling of the Champs Elysees Theatre in Paris. In 1919 he, along with Georges Devalliиres, founded the Studios of Sacred Art. His work was one of the chief forces in the revival of religious art in France.

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Afternoon in the Woods





Amour, Foi, Espérance




Annunciation




The Annunciation under the Arch with Lilies




April




Around a Child with Dog




Avallon, Paysage au Grand Arbre




Avril





Beauty in the Autumn Wood




Beech Wood at Loguivy




Bernadette and her mother




Bord de mer




The Breton Dance




Breton Landscape In Yellow




Bretonnes à la Mare




Castello delle Quattro Torri, Siena




Catholic Mystery




The Chapel in Kernivinen




Chaudron aux hortensias




Chemin dans les arbres




Christ at Emmaus




Cloister of St. Laurence in Rome




Composition of flowers




The Cow Girl




The Crown of Daisies




The Dancers




Dancing around the Large Trees at Perros




Décoration de la chapelle du Collège Sainte-Croix du Vésinet




Décoration de la chapelle du Collège Sainte-Croix du Vésinet




Degas et son modèle





The Denis And Chausson Families On The Terrace at Fiesole




Dom Verkade




Earthly Paradise




Evening on the Beach, after Bathing

 
 
 

Soir de Septembre

 
 
 

Women on the banks of the brook

 
 
 

 
 
 
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