Maurice Denis

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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


The Annunciation under the Arch with Lilies


Around a Child with Dog

Avallon, Paysage au Grand Arbre


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