Saturday, December 1, 2012

French Artist Maurice Denis 1870-1943



Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) La Grande Soeur Anne Marie Francois et sur La Plage


Maurice Denis was a French painter and theorist and a member of the Symbolist and Les Nabis movements. His theories Contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art.


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Child in a Red Dress 1898


Maurice Denis was born in Granville, Manche, a coastal town in the Normandy region of France. Waters and coastlines would remain favorite subject matter Throughout His career, as would material drawn from the Bible. As a teenager, Denis wrote, "Yes, it's Necessary That I am a Christian painter, That I celebrate all the miracles of Christianity, I feel it's necessary."


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) La Chapelle de Kernivinen


The Denis family was affluent, and young Maurice Both attended the Ecole des Beaux-Arts and the Académie Julian, where he Studied with the French figure painter and theorist Jules Joseph Lefebvre.


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) The menuet de la Princesse Maleine 1891


At the Académie, he met painters and future Nabi members including Paul Sérusier, Pierre Bonnard, Edouard Vuillard and Ker-Xavier Roussel. In 1890, they formed The Nabis using the Hebrew word for prophet, Because They believed they would be creating new forms of expression. The group would split apart by the end of the decade but would influence the later work of Both Bonnard and Vuillard, as well as non-Nabi painters like Henri Matisse.


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Les Arbres verts ou Les Hêtres de Kerduel. 1893


Denis went on to focus on religious subjects and murals. In 1922, he published His collected historical and theoretical work as New Theories of Modern Art and Sacred. He wrote, "... Symbolism is the art of translating and inducing states of soul by means of relations of colors and forms. These relations, invented or borrowed from Nature, become signs or symbols of These states of soul: they have the power to suggest them ... The Symbol claims to give rise straightway in the soul of the spectator to the whole gamut of human emotions by means of the gamut of colors and forms, or let us say, of sensations, Which Corresponds to them. "


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Eva Meurier in Green Dress 1891


The subjects of His mature works include landscapes and figure studies, Particularly of mother and child. But His primary interest Remained the painting of religious subjects.


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Portrait of a Small Girl


Denis was among the first artists to insist on the flatness of the picture plane-one of the great starting points for modernism, as Practiced in the visual arts. In 1890, he wrote, "Remember That a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude, an anecdote or whatnot, is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order."


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Rocks at Pouldu 1892


In 1898, he produced a theory of creation That found the source for art in the character of the painter: "That Which Creates a work of art is the power and the will of the artist."


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Portrait d'Une Demoiselle Roussi


Denis married His first wife, Marthe Meurier, in 1893. They had seven children, and she and the children would pose for Denis Numerous works. Following her death in 1919, Denis painted a chapel dedicated to her memory. Two years later, he married again, to Elisabeth Graterolle, blackberries and fathered two children. Denis died in Paris of injuries Resulting from an automobile accident in 1943.


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Mother and Child 1895


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) The Baby 1898


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) The Crown of Daisies 1905


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) The Cuisiniere


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) The Cow Girl 1893


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Portrait of Two Girls


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) The Two Sisters 1891


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Yellow Cat 1915


Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Anne Marie Denis


1902c Maurice Denis (French artist, 1870-1943) Maternite, Anne-Marie and Marthe in the Oval Bague


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