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Exposition Giverny France
Maurice Denis, L'Eternel Printemps
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The Eternal Spring
Exhibit in Giverny France 2012
Giverny Museum of Impressionisms
From April 1st through July 15th, 2012
Displaying 90 works of Nabi
Maurice Denis on the theme of spring, the exhibit underlines the poetic
and decorative talent of the artist.
Maurice Denis (1870-1943) explored the theme of spring
throughout his career.
The exhibition starts with a room dedicated to the awakening of nature
in springtime. Denis, who lived in Saint-Germain en Laye, West of
Paris, was inspired by the nearby Foret de Saint-Germain.
Denis was a catholic painter. For him, springtime symbolised
Christian Spring and Earthly Paradise, which are the themes of the
second room. The mystical aspect of Denis work is evocated thanks to
paintings featuring times of the christian calendar, from Announciation
The exhibit continues with the Spring of Life and the First Signs
Of Love. Meeting the beloved, the time of engagement, were part of
Denis experience. He had met his wife Marthe when he was 20 years old.
They had seven children.
The MDIG exhibition stresses the extraordinary talent of Denis as a
painter-decorator, thanks to works rarely displayed publicly like
painted doors, ceiling, windscreen, recomposing constitutive elements
of a music room or a girl's bedroom.
Drawings, photos, letters, illustrated books, unveil preparatory works
for paintingson show in the exhibition.
MDIG exhibit received loans from public and private collections, among
them loans from the musee départemental Maurice Denis of
Saint-Germain-en-Laye, housed in the painter's home, and from Musee