Maurice Denis museum

The page presents :

  • the « monumental staircase »,
  • Saint Louis Chapel,
  • A self-portrait of Maurice Denis at Le Prieuré (1921- Oil on canvas) 
  • The stained glass window « La vierge au baiser » (The Virgin with a kiss) which is without any doubt the artist’s most personal and intimate work. To draw the Virgin and the child Jesus; he was directly inspired by the faces of his wife and of his son.
  • Visitors.

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Address : 2 bis rue Maurice Denis

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Maurice Denis grave in the « ancien cimetière » (Old cimetery)

SubjectMaurice Denis
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Revision date21/05/2023

Maurice Denis was a French painter known for his involvement in the Nabis group. His richly colored paintings employed contrasting warm and cool colors to depict landscapes, portraits, and mythic or religious scenes, such as Easter Mystery (1891). “Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude, an anecdote of some sort, is essentially a flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order,” he once wrote. Born on November 25, 1870 in Granville, France, he went on to study at both the École des Beaux-Arts and later the Académie Julian, where he met Paul SérusierÉdouard Vuillard, and Pierre Bonnard. During these early years in Paris, he and his classmates became interested in the Symbolist works of Paul Gauguin. Denis visited the artists’ colony in Pont-Aven on the Brittany coast, here under Gauguin’s eye, his paintings took on the mystical quality which exemplifies his mature work. After around 1900, Denis’s interest in the paintings of the Italian Renaissance featured prominently in his work, as evinced by his use of perspectival space and modeled forms. He died on November 13, 1943 in Paris, France. Today, Denis’ works can be found in the collections of the Musée d’Orsay in Paris, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., and the Art Institute of Chicago, among others.