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Maurice Denis

Born: Granville, 25 November 1870
Died: Paris, 13 November 1943
Nationality: French

Lycée Condorcet (Paris); Ecole des Beaux-Arts and Académie Julian (1888–90)


1886 - meets Paul Sérusier at Académie Julian

1888 - forms the Nabis with Pierre Bonnard, Paul Ranson and Henri-Gabriel Ibels

1890 - first article, "Definition of Neo-Traditionalism" published in Art et critique

1890s - exhibits regularly with Neo-Impressionists and Symbolists; illustrates Claude Debussy's musical piece The Blessed Damozel  and Andre Gide's story Urien's Voyage

1897 - commissioned to provide decorative paintings for Paris residence of Baron Denys Cochin

1900s - exhibits regularly at Salon de la Société Nationale and at the Salon des Indépendants

1919 - establishes the Studios of Sacred Art with George-Olivier Desvallières


often to Brittany; Florence and Rome (1898)

Commissions from: 

Baron Denys Cochin

Important Artworks: 

Landscape with Green Trees or Beech Trees in Kerduel, 1893 (Musée d’Orsay, Paris)

Sacred Heart Crucified, 1894 (Private Collection)

Springtime, c. 1897 (Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)