Denis, Maurice

BORN 25 Nov 1870, Granville, Manche - DIED 13 Nov 1943, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines
CAUSE OF DEATH car accident
GRAVE LOCATION Saint-Germain-en-Laye, Yvelines: Vieux Cimetière (Carré G)

Maurice Denis studied at the Académie Julian under J. Lefebvre and continued his studies at the École des Beaux-Arts. He was influenced by Paul Gaugain and with Paul Sérusies he formed the Nabis movement, a group that wanted to renew art. Denis was better known for his art theories than for his paintings. In 1890 he published "Manifesto of Symbolism" (1890).

His travels to Italy (1895, 1897) inspired him to create religious art. He decorated the Church of Sainte-Croix in Vésinet (1899-1903). In 1913 he painted the ceilings at the Théâtre des Champs-Elysées. He also decorated the Church of St. Paul in Geneva and the Dome of the Petit Palais in Paris. From 1936 until 1939 he painted panels for the Palais des Nations in Geneva. He was a teacher at the Académie Julian where A.P. Gütersloh was among his students.

Related persons
• was teacher of Gütersloh, Albert Paris
• admired Janmot, Louis
• was pupil of Lefebvre, Jules


The grave of Maurice Denis at the Vieux Cimetière, Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
Picture by Androom (18 Nov 2006)


• Adler, Josef, Handbuch der Grabstätten, 2. Band, Die Grabstätte der Europäer, Deutsches Kunstverlag, München, 1986
Schilderkunst van A tot Z, REBO, Lisse, 1990

Denk, Berthe Marie

Published: 21 Dec 2007
Last update: 26 Jan 2022