Painters Paintings Maurice Denis (1870-1943): Homage to Cézanne, 1900, Oil on canvas, 1.8 x 2.4 m, …
Painters Work Maurice Denis (1870-1943): Homage to Cézanne, 1900, Oil on canvas, 1.eight x 2.four m, Musée d’Orsay, Paris
This portray we’ve right here seems very very like a manifesto. It depicts quite a few key figures from the as soon as secret brotherhood of Les Nabis – a Hebrew phrase for the Prophets. The work is a retrospective; by 1900 the group was breaking apart as its members matured.
Maurice Denis, one of many main artists in nabis, has assembled a gaggle of mates, artists and critics, within the store of the artwork supplier, Ambroise Vollard, to have fun Paul Cézanne, who’s represented by the nonetheless life on the easel.
This portray, ‘Fruit Bowl, Glass and Apples’ had belonged to Paul Gauguin, who can be evoked among the many tutelary examples to whom Denis is paying homage. Successfully, a portray by Gauguin and one other by Renoir might be seen within the background. Odilon Redon can be given satisfaction of place: he’s proven within the foreground on the far left and a lot of the figures are him. He’s listening to Paul Sérusier who’s standing in entrance of him. From left to proper, we are able to recognise Edouard Vuillard, the critic André Mellerio in a prime hat, Vollard behind the easel, Maurice Denis, Paul Ranson, Ker-Xavier Roussel, Pierre Bonnard smoking a pipe, and lastly Marthe Denis, the painter’s younger spouse. A part of the Nabi era is gathered right here in a composition which follows on from the homage paid by Fantin-Latour in a number of work, particularly A Studio at Les Batignolles within the Musée d’Orsay.
When Maurice Denis exhibited his work in Paris and Brussels in 1901, reactions had been generally hostile. In his diary, the artist referred to it as “that portray, which nonetheless makes the general public chuckle”. His good friend, the author André Gide, instantly supplied to purchase it. He didn’t half with it till 1928 when he gave it to the Musée du Luxembourg. (Musée d’Orsay)