Maurice Denis

French, November 25, 1870

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Maurice Denis

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French, November 25, 1870

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Biography

Maurice Denis is remembered as a leading theoretician of Symbolism and a champion of the work of Paul Cézanne; in Denis’s lifetime, however, his own painting was not always met with critical attention. Denis studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, as well as the Académie Julian under Jules Lefebvre. Along with school friends including Pierre Bonnard and Paul Ranson, Denis founded Les Nabis, an offshoot of the Symbolist movement that reacted against the naturalistic tendencies of Impressionism. Denis, who was known as “Le Nabi aux Belles Icons” (“the prophet of beautiful icons”) produced work that was attentive to color and surface, with the decorative sensibilities of Art Nouveau. His paintings often featured religious iconography, and he considered himself a Christian painter.

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High auction record
$3m, Christie's, 2015
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Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
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Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
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Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
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Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Biography

Maurice Denis is remembered as a leading theoretician of Symbolism and a champion of the work of Paul Cézanne; in Denis’s lifetime, however, his own painting was not always met with critical attention. Denis studied at the École des Beaux-Arts, as well as the Académie Julian under Jules Lefebvre. Along with school friends including Pierre Bonnard and Paul Ranson, Denis founded Les Nabis, an offshoot of the Symbolist movement that reacted against the naturalistic tendencies of Impressionism. Denis, who was known as “Le Nabi aux Belles Icons” (“the prophet of beautiful icons”) produced work that was attentive to color and surface, with the decorative sensibilities of Art Nouveau. His paintings often featured religious iconography, and he considered himself a Christian painter.

Career Highlights
Learn more about artist insights.
Auction
High auction record
$3m, Christie's, 2015
Group
Group show at a major institution
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 4 more
Institution
Collected by a major institution
Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), and 1 more
Publication
Reviewed by a major art publication
Artforum, and 1 more
Fair
Included in a major biennial
Venice Biennale National Pavilion, and 1 more
Articles Featuring Maurice Denis
The Radiant Paintings of Les Nabis, the Movement Started by Bonnard and Vuillard
Apr 11th, 2019
The Radiant Paintings of Les Nabis, the Movement Started by Bonnard and Vuillard
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