Frescoes by Luini, in Lugano (1916) by Maurice Denis

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Frescoes by Luini, in Lugano (1916) by Maurice Denis

  • 🎨 Maurice Denis was a French painter, decorative artist, and writer who played a significant role in the transition from impressionism to modern art.
  • 📚 He was associated with various art movements, including Les Nabis, symbolism, and later neo-classicism.
  • 🏛️ Denis's theories influenced cubism, fauvism, and abstract art, and he founded the Ateliers d'Art Sacré (Workshops of Sacred Art) after World War I.
  • 👶 Born in 1870 in Granville, France, Denis showed early interests in religion and art, eventually studying at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris.
  • 🖌️ He was a member of Les Nabis, a group of artists inspired by symbolism and positivism, rejecting naturalism for a more idealistic approach to art.
  • 🇯🇵 Denis was influenced by Japanese art and emphasized the importance of color and composition, advocating for a "flat surface covered with colors assembled in a certain order."
  • 💑 His wife, Marthe Meurier, became a significant figure in his art, often depicted in his paintings and decorative works.
  • ⛪ Denis dedicated himself to religious art later in life, decorating churches and focusing on large-scale murals and religious subjects.
  • 🎨 Maurice Denis aimed for large-scale decorative murals as the supreme goal of painting, completing twenty murals between 1916 and 1943
  • ⛪ Denis collaborated on the decoration of the Church of Notre-Dame du Raincy, employing an innovative approach with reinforced concrete and collaborating with stained-glass artist Marguerite Huré.
  • 🖼️ Denis co-founded the Ateliers d'Art Sacré with George Desvallières in 1919, contributing to the movement to reconcile the church with modern civilization through art.
  • 🏛️ Denis received commissions for civic murals in the late 1920s and 1930s, including works for the French Senate, the Hospice of the city of Saint-Étienne, and the Palais de Chaillot.
  • ✍️ Denis left behind extensive writings reflecting his philosophy of art, emphasizing the importance of beauty, expression, and emotion.
  • 📚 Several exhibitions have been dedicated to Maurice Denis's work, including retrospectives in Liverpool, Montreal, and Albi, showcasing his paintings, watercolors, drawings, and lithographs.2 / 2


Maurice Denis (1870–1943), a French artist, prioritized large-scale decorative murals and collaborated on innovative church decorations using reinforced concrete. Co-founder of the Ateliers d'Art Sacré, he aimed to reconcile art with modern civilization through religious works. His civic murals adorned significant buildings, and his writings emphasized beauty and emotion in art. Denis's exhibitions, including retrospectives in Liverpool and Montreal, showcased his diverse oeuvre, spanning paintings, watercolors, and lithographs.

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