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Summary Article: Denis, Maurice
From Chambers Biographical Dictionary


French artist and art theorist

Born in Grandville, he was one of the original group of Symbolist painters, and then of the Nabis ("prophets"), influenced by Gauguin. His comments on the aesthetics of the modern movement have obtained a wide currency. He wrote Théories (1912), Nouvelles théories (1921, "New Theories"), Histoire de l'art religieux (1939, "History of Religious Art") and a study of Sérusier (1942). He executed some large murals for the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées and the Petit Palais. In 1919 he helped to found, with George-Olivier Desvallières (1861-1950), the Studios of Sacred Art, devoted to the revival of religious painting. His most famous picture is perhaps the Hommage à Cézanne (1900) in the Musée d'Art Moderne, Paris.

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