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    • Maurice Denis (1870-1943)


        Painter

        Maurice Denis was a co-founder and principal theorist of the Nabis. In Paris in 1888 he met Bernard, Bonnard, Vuillard, and Serusier, who knew Gauguin. In 1900 he painted his celebrated group portrait, Homage to Cezanne (Paris, Mus. d'Art Mod.). He made several trips to Italy and particularly studied the decorative style of Giotto, Fra Angelico and Piero della Francesca; in 1903 he accompanied Semsier to Beuron, the German Benedictine monastery which was a centre of religious art, and from 1910 he painted many religious works, including the decoration of St Paul, Geneva (1914). In 1919 he founded the Ateliers d'Art Sacre. His interest in subject matter seems to run counter to his famous dictum (1890) that a picture is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order, but the contradiction is more apparent than real.

        Denis was a prolific writer on art, his best-known works being Theories and Nouvelles Theories. There are paintings by him in Paris, Mus. des Arts Decoratifs.

      • Source: The Penguin Dictionary of Art and Artists (Penguin Reference Books)


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