Maurice Denis  (French, 1870-1943) 

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Maurice Denis Biography
  Born at Granville on the Channel coast, Maurice Denis was brought up at Saint-Germain-en-Laye where he lived throughout his life. He was educated at the Lycée Condorcet between 1882 and 1887 where fellow pupils included Edouard Vuillard and Ker-Xavier Roussel. Denis entered the Académie Julian in 1888, where he met Paul Sérusier and Pierre Bonnard. Together they formed the symbolist group known as the Nabis (Prophets) and looked to Paul Gauguin to lead the movement. Denis's work was greatly influenced by Gauguin and he owned three of his paintings, two still-lives of 1886 and 1888 and Self-Portrait with Yellow Christ of 1889. At the age of twenty, Denis wrote his famous article:
  Définition du Néo-Traditionnisme, Art et Critique, August 1890 which assured his place as one of the most influential critics of the twentieth century. His famous dictum is a microcosm of modernist thought: It is well to remember that a picture before being a battle horse, a nude woman, or some anecdote - is essentially a plain surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order. For the next twenty years, Denis's interpretive criticism played a crucial role in defining the new art. He later published his writings on art in Théories and Nouvelles Théories
  Albi (Musée Toulouse-Lautrec)
  Autun (Musée Rolin)
  Bayonne (Musée Bonnat)
  Digione (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
  Nantes (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
  Parigi (Bibliothèque Nationale, Musée d’Art Moderne, Musée d’Orsay, Musée des Arts Décoratifs)
  Quimper (Musée des Beaux-Arts)
  Saint-Germain-en-Laye (Musée Départemental du Prieuré)
  Neuss (Museo Clemens Sels), Germania
Selected Exhibitions
2008   THE FLOWERS OF EVIL STILL BLOOM - Cueto Project, New York City, NY
2008   Traces du Sacré - Centre Pompidou - Musée National d´Art Moderne, Paris
2007   Paris 1900 - Oklahoma City Museum of Art, Oklahoma City, OK
2007   Schilders van de Ziel. Symbolisme in Frankrijk - Singer Laren, Laren
2007   Der Symbolismus und die Kunst der Gegenwart - Von der Heydt Museum, Wuppertal
2007   La photographie au Musée d'Orsay - 20 ans d'acquisitions - 1986-2006 - Musée d´Orsay, Paris
2007   Maurice Denis - MART- Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (solo)
2007   Landesausstellung 2007: Maurice Denis, Maestro del Simbolismo internazionale - MART- Museo d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto, Rovereto (solo)
2007   Maurice Denis - Earthly Paradise - The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC (solo)
2006   Maurice Denis - Musée d´Orsay, Paris (solo)
2006   Paris - Athens, 1863-1940 - National Art Gallery - Alexandros Soutzos Museum, Athens
2006   The Romance of Modernism: Paintings and Sculpture from the Scott M. Black Collec - MFA - Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, Boston, MA
2006   Orangerie, 1934 - les Peintres de la réalité - Musée National de l´Orangerie, Paris
2006   Women from Tokyo and Paris - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
2006   From experiment to print - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
2006   Art books - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
2005   Le Théâtre de l'OEuvre (1893-1900) naissance du théâtre moderne - Musée d´Orsay, Paris
2005   Around Gauguin - Post-Impressionist work from the Triton Foundation - Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
2005   Renoir und das Frauenbild des Impressionismus - Kunsthalle Krems, Krems
2005   Dessins de Georges Seurat et des artistes néo-impressionnistes - Musée d´Orsay, Paris
2005   The Triton Collection - Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, The Hague
2005   Graphik des XX. Jahrhundert - Galerie Vömel GmbH, Dusseldorf
2004   Figura de la Francia Moderna-De Ingres a Toulouse-Lautrec - Museo de Arte Abstracto Español, Cuenca
2004   Figuras de la Francia moderna - Fundación Juan March, Madrid
2004   Von Delacroix bis Gauguin - Französische Druckgraphik des 19. Jahrhunderts - Hamburger Kunsthalle, Hamburg
2004   Graphik des XX. Jahrhunderts - Galerie Vömel GmbH, Dusseldorf
2002   Gauguin to Matisse: French Masterpieces from Russia's Hermitage Museum - Art Gallery of Ontario, Toronto, ON
2002   Obras maestras de la pintura europea. Colección Rau - Museo Nacional de Colombia, Santafé de Bogota
2002   From Puvis de Chavannes to Matisse and Picasso - Palazzo Grassi, Venice
2002   La collezione Rau. Sei secoli di grande pittura europea - GAMeC - Galleria d´Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Bergamo, Bergamo
2001   Beyond the Easel: Decorative Painting by Bonnard, Vuillard, Denis, and Roussel - The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, NY
2001   Beyond the easel - decorative paintings 1890 - 1930 - The Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
2000   Gauguin to Toulouse-Lautrec - French Prints of the 1890s - The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts - Musée des beaux-arts de Montréal, Montreal, QC
1999   Les Peintres de l'âme. Le Symbolisme idéaliste en France. - Musée d'Ixelles - Museum van Elsene, Brussels
1999   Do impresionismo ao Fauvismo. Colección Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza - CGAC - Centro Galego de Arte Contemporánea, Santiago de Compostela
1997   Paris-The 1890s - MoMA - Museum of Modern Art, New York City, NY
1995   46th International Art Exhibition Venice Biennale / Biennale di Venezia - La Biennale di Venezia, Venice
1956   Shadow and Substance: The Shadow Theater of Montmartre and Modern Art - Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, Houston, TX
Queensland Art Gallery / Gallery of Modern Art, Brisbane, QLD, Australia
Musée d'Ixelles - Museum van Elsene, Brussels, Belgium
National Gallery of Canada - Musée des beaux-arts du Canada, Ottawa, ON, Canada
Ateneum Art Museum, Helsinki, Finland
Musée Maillol - Fondation Dina Vierny, Paris, France
Musée d´Orsay, Paris, France
Musée d'Art moderne de Saint-Etienne, Saint-Etienne, France
Musée de L'Annonciade , St. Tropez, France
Musée d'Art Moderne et Contemporain (MAMCS), Strasbourg, France
Wallraf-Richartz-Museum & Fondation Corboud, Cologne, Germany
Museum Folkwang Essen, Essen, Germany
Neue Pinakothek, Munich, Germany
Tehran Museum of Contemporary Art, Tehran, Iran
Bridgestone Museum of Art, Tokyo, Japan
MOMAT The National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, Japan
NMWA The National Museum of Western Art, Tokyo, Japan
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, Russia
The Detroit Institute of Arts, Detroit, MI, USA
Heckscher Museum of Art, Huntington, NY, USA
Los Angeles County Museum of Art - LACMA, Los Angeles, CA, USA
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Minneapolis, MN, USA
Norton Simon Museum of Art, Pasadena, CA, USA
  Societé Nationale des Beaux-Arts, Catalogue officiel illustré, Salon 1932
  Maurice Denis, Orangerie des Tuileries, Parigi, Réunion des Musée Nationaux, 1970
  B. Thomson, The Post-Impressionists, Oxford, Phaidon, 1983
  Maurice Denis et la Bretagne, Maurice Denis à Perros-Guirec, Musée Municipal de Morlaix, Ville de Perros-Guirec, 1985
  A.A.V.V., Pointillisme, sur les traces de Seurat, Losanna, Fondations de l’Hermitage, 1997
  A. Berès, Maurice Denis, 1870-1943, Huguette Berès, 1992
  J.P. Bouillon, Maurice Denis, Ginevra, Skira, 1993
  Da Renoir a Picasso, un secolo d’arte al Petit Palais di Ginevra, a cura di Paola Gribaudo, Milano, Electa, 2001
  Da Caillebotte a Picasso, I capolavori della collezione Oscar Ghez dal Museo del Petit Palais di Ginevra a cura di L. Caramel, N. Sainte Fare Garnot, G. Gentry, Milano, Mazzotta, 2003