Homage to Cézanne
Oil on canvas
Musée d’Orsay, Paris, France
Set in the shop of Ambroise Vallard, an art dealer, a group of artists and painters discuss a seminal work by Cézanne, Still Life with a Fruit-Dish (1850). The painting is intended as a tribute to Cézanne, an artist from an older generation to the painter. Denis is suggesting his generations indebtedness to the pioneering artists of Cézanne’s generation and recognising the relationship between the experimentation and heritage that determined the progress of modern art.
Symbolism, Les Nabis, Post-Impressionism, Japonism
Born: 25 November 1870, Granville, France
Died: 13 November 1943, Paris, France
Unique amongst the avant-garde painters of the late 19th century, Denis combined commitment to formal and stylistic innovation with an equally profound sense of tradition in art, culture, and religion. His bright and vibrant paintings express a commitment to abstraction and a reliance on the inner life of the soul. Unlike his peers Denis a soul shaped by his faith which would also lead to activities such as church renovation and altarpiece design