Homage to Cézanne by Maurice Denis

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.

Maurice Denis
Symbolism, Les Nabis, Post-Impressionism, Japonism
Born: 25 November 1870, Granville, France
Nationality: French
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

3 thoughts on “Homage to Cézanne by Maurice Denis

  1. Look at those ornate picture frames! Was that the convention of the time, or were they chosen for effect?
    How much impact on a painting does the choice of frames make? How would those paintings look in plain wood frames?

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    1. Ornate decorative framing of artwork has been dated back to Greek and Egyptian classical art, although I suspect back then it was part of the actual artwork rather than a wooden frame. At one time the frame itself was more of a status symbol, or declaration of the wealth of the owner, having no relation to the art inside it whatsoever.

      Having just spent a few days wandering the art galleries of Liverpool, I think the impact of a frame or no frame is personal to the viewer – and in all honesty I remember the art I saw, not the frames.

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    2. I will add that a frame is useful when a painting is on canvas as it keeps the canvas stretched as it would be when the artist painted the picture, However, it doesn’t need to be an ornate one

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