Description: Maurice Denis (French, 1870-1943), Visitation with Hollyhocks (study), circa 1907, oil on canvas, signed lower left MAV. DENIS, 10 1/4″ x 15 3/8″ Frame: 16 1/2″ x 21 1/4″
Provenance: Gustave Danthon (acquired from the artist)
Galerie Druet, 20 rue Royale, Paris, France, 23 December 1922
Sacha Guitry, 23 December 1922
Mr. Ader, A. Ader, Picard and Tajan, Paris Drouot, 16 June 1972
Christie’s, London, England, Old Masters Paintings, 09 December 1977, Lot 411
Galerie Paul Vallotton S.A., Lausanne, Switzerland
Phillips, New York, New York, Impressionist & Modern Paintings, Drawings & Sculpture, 13 May 1985, Lot 123
Swiss and French Masters of the 19th and 20th Centuries, Galerie Paul Vallotton S.A., Lausanne, Switzerland, 06 July through 16 September 1978, n° 12
Authentication provided by Claire Denis and Fabienne Stahl. Catalogue Raissoné Index Number: 907.0254
This work is a sketch for Denis’ Visitation with Hollyhocks, 1907, oil on canvas, 48 1/2 x 69 cm., signed and dated lower right; private collection, Paris, France.
Maurice Denis (French: 25 November 1870 – 13 November 1943) was a French painter, decorative artist and writer, who was an important figure in the transitional period between impressionism and modern art. He was associated with Les Nabis then the Symbolist movement, and then with a return to neo-classicism. His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art. Following the First World War, he founded the Ateliers d’Art Sacré (Workshops of Sacred Art), decorated the interiors of churches, and worked for a revival of religious art.