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Maurice DenisArt as prophesy

Maurice Denis was a French artist born in 1870. Denis contributed to the Symbolist movement and died in 1943. Get notified when Maurice Denis's biography is complete:

I used to say: “What is naked is chaste, what is naked is beautiful,” and I didn’t know what it was. Now, I know it and I like it; alas! why must it not be chaste? and why must attractive delights of necessity be indecent?

On Fra Angelico, Chastity and Desire

1886

Virginal printemps (pommiers en fleurs)

1894

Figures in a Spring Landscape (Sacred Grove)

1897

Springtime

1894-1899

Descent from the Cross

1901

What a pitfall the practice of Antiquity can be. — It is an art that is too rich, too perfect, too general, of bygone idealism, and for which the conventions have become nearly incomprehensible

On Rome and the Wonders of Antiquity

1904

What makes a piece of artwork significant, is the fullness of the artist’s efforts, the powerfulness of his or her will.

On Raphael and the Power of Will

1904

Psyche Panel 7 — Cupid Carrying Psyche Up to Heaven

1908

Psyche Panel 1 — Eros is Struck by Psyche's Beauty

1908

Psyche Panel 2 — Zephyr Transporting Psyche to the Island of Delight

1908

Psyche Panel 3 — Psyche Discovers that Her Mysterious Lover is Eros

1908

Psyche Panel 4 — The Vengeance of Venus

1908

Psyche Panel 5 — Jupiter Bestows Immortality on Psyche

1908

Psyche Panel 6 — Psyche's Kin Bid Her Farewell

1908

Wave

1916

The Royal Tiger Bacchanale

1920

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