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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED KINGDOM

Maurice Denis
ANNONCIATION AUX GLYCINES, ORVIETO (ESQUISSE)
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18,00025,000
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PROPERTY FROM A PRIVATE COLLECTION, UNITED KINGDOM

Maurice Denis
ANNONCIATION AUX GLYCINES, ORVIETO (ESQUISSE)
Estimate
18,00025,000
JUMP TO LOT

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Maurice Denis
1870 - 1943
ANNONCIATION AUX GLYCINES, ORVIETO (ESQUISSE)
stamped with the artist's monogram (lower left)
oil on canvasboard
35 by 25cm., 13 3/4 by 9 7/8 in.
Painted in 1931.
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This work will be included in the forthcoming Maurice Denis Catalogue raisonné being prepared by Claire Denis and Fabienne Stahl.

Provenance

Estate of the Artist
Madeleine Follain (the artist's daughter; by descent from the above)
Galleria del Levante, Milan
Piccadilly Gallery, London
Mrs D.M. Walker (acquired from the above in 1965)
Thence by descent to the present owner in 1998

Catalogue Note

Maurice Denis, along with school friends Pierre Bonnard and Paul Ranson, founded Les Nabis, an offshoot of the Symbolist movement that reacted against the naturalistic tendencies of Impressionism. The quasi-mystical attitude of the Nabis was perfectly suited to Denis’ highly religious nature, who as a child kept a journal to record his admiration for the colours, candle light and incense of the ceremonies at the local church.

His travels to Italy further enhanced the Christian influence on his painting, subjecting him to the great Italian frescos of the 14th and 15th centuries. Annoncoation aux glycines, painted in Oriveto, exudes a warm and spiritual atmosphere with the lilac wisteria framing the two figures in the centre. The colours employed are flat and patterned and arranged in a certain order, stemming from the art of Paul Gauguin who Denis revered. Comprising a mixture of vibrant and subtle tones, these harmonies demonstrated in the present work became the hallmarks of the Nabis style.

In 1890, when Denis was not yet twenty years old, he wrote in his first published article 'Definition du Néo-traditionnisme' one of the most famous statements about Modern art: ‘Remember that a painting, before it is a war horse, a female nude or some little genre scene, is primarily a flat surface covered with colours arranged in a certain order" (quoted in Thérèse Barruel, "The New Theories", Maurice Denis, exhibition catalogue Musée des Beaux-Arts, Lyon, 1994, p. 116). 

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