Maurice Denis

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Maurice Denis (November 25, 1870 – November 1943) was a French painter and writer and a member of the Symbolist and Les Nabis movements. His theories contributed to the foundations of cubism, fauvism, and abstract art.


Nouvelles théories sur l’art moderne, sur l’art sacré (New Theories of Modern and Sacred Art. 1922)[edit]

  • ...Every work of art is a transposition,a caricature,the passionate equivalent of a sensation received.
  • Remember that a picture, before being a battle horse, a nude, an anecdote or whatnot, is essentially a flat surface covered with colours assembled in a certain order.
  • I believe that art should sanctify nature.
  • Art is no longer a purely visual is a work of our intellect triggered by nature...the imagination again become the queen of our strengths and we liberate our sensitivity.

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