Maurice Denis: Amour 1888-1914

Maurice Denis: Amour 1888-1914

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Exhibition Catalog

Musee cantonal des Beaux-Arts de Lausanne, 2021. Published by Editions Hazan, Paris.

192 pp. 29 x 23 cm. In French. Paperbound.

ISBN 9782754112086

Maurice Denis (1870-1943) was a painter and a key theorist of modern French art at the turn of the nineteenth and twentieth century. Beyond his famous slogan of 1890, “Remember that a painting - before being a hobbyhorse, a naked woman, or whatever - is essentially a flat surface covered with color in a certain way. order assemblies ”, the richness of his pictorial production and the abundance of his writings reveal the ambition of a life entirely devoted to art, love and religion. This book retraces the many facets of this original and captivating journey, up to the First World War. The gathering of a rich corpus of commented works shows the rapid evolution of the artist's style, from the unprecedented plastic experiments of "Nabi to beautiful icons" to the expression through the harmony of shapes and colors of symbolist works, then the equally daring quest for a new classicism. Entrusted to specialists, the essays published in this book reassess the of Maurice Denis in his time: his desire to create modern poetic and musical images, always anchored in nature and in everyday life; its dialogue with the examples of Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, Paul Gauguin, Paul Cézanne and Henri Matisse; his participation in the revalorization of the applied arts alongside his Nabis friends, and his confrontation with the large wall decoration; finally, the constant sources of inspiration that were his wife Marthe and his children, the forests of Saint-Germain-en-Laye and the beaches of Brittany. This book is made up of seven essays entrusted to specialists in the artist and the period.

Subject Headings: Eastern and Western European Art ; Western Art -- France -- 1800-1900 ; 1900-1945 -- Painting --

Artist(s): Denis, Maurice

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