- Maurice Denis
- MATERNITÉ or LA GRANDE SŒUR AU PRIEURÉ
- indistinctly signed MAV.D and dated 17 (lower right)
oil on canvas
- 86 by 58cm., 33 7/8 by 22 7/8 in.
Sale: Étude de Maître B. Prouvot, Fécamp, 4th April 1974, lot 94
Private Collection, France
"In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective, qualified opinion. Prospective buyers should also refer to any Important Notices regarding this sale, which are printed in the Sale Catalogue.
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The present work is a version of a 1916 painting, La Grande Sœur, à Perros, that Denis transformed into Maternité. He placed the characters on the terrace of his Prieuré house in St Germain. The models are his children, the eldest Noël, and the infant François. The young Madeleine is equally represented in the background along with her brother, Dominique.