previews

  • Maurice Denis

    Montréal Museum of Fine Arts
    1380 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
    February 22–May 20, 2007

    Musée d'Orsay
    62 rue de Lille
    October 31, 2006–January 21, 2007

    Mart Museo di Arte Moderna e Contemporanea di Trento e Rovereto
    Corso Bettini, 43
    July 21–September 21, 2007

    Curated by Jean-Paul Bouillon, Guy Cogeval, Serge Lemoine, and Sylvie Patry

    In 1890, Nabi theoretician Maurice Denis famously pronounced, “Remember that a picture—before being a warhorse, a nude woman, or any story—is essentially a flat surface covered with colors arranged in a particular order.” And then he painted to prove it. Denis’s boldly rhythmic, decorative canvases—including the 1908 cycle The Story of Psyche—are the focus of this exhibition (co-organized with the two institutions to which the show travels), which also comprises the artist’s graphic work and later classical canvases. The Musée d’Orsay installment is complemented by simultaneous presentations of Denis’s photographs and drawings.