Sale: 427 / Old Masters & Art of the 19th Century, Nov. 20. 2015 in Munich Lot 230

 
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Maurice Denis
Bouquet d'arbres en fleurs (Studie für L’Éternel Printemps), Um 1907.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 8,800
Sold:
€ 8,125 / $ 8.937

(incl. 25% surcharge)
Lot description
Bouquet d'arbres en fleurs (Studie für L’Éternel Printemps). Um 1907.
Oil on cardboard.
Monogrammed lower right. 21.3 x 22.8 cm (8.3 x 8.9 in).
Verso of board with inscription "Bernadette". Verso of gallery label with inscription and title. [CB].

With a certificate issued by Claire Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye, from 18 September, 2015.
The painting is registered under the preliminary number 908.0037 and will be included into the forthcoming catalogue raisonné de l'½uvre de Maurice Denis. We are grateful to Claire Denis and Fabienne Stahl of Archiv Maurice Denis for their kind expert advice.

PROVENANCE: From artist's estate.
Galerie Sabine Helms, Munich, 1978 (verso with label).
Private ownership Northern Germany (acquired at Helms ca. 1978).

Essay
"Bouquet d'arbres en fleurs" is a subtly executed study which presumably has its origin in the preparations of the cycle "L’Éternel Printemps" (Eternal Spring). In 1908 Maurice Denis painted this wall decoration, which comprise ten canvas panels, for the collector and patron Gabriel Thomas (1854-1932), who build a large residence on the hill Bellevue near Meudon in 1895. For the dining room Denis was inspired by the surroundings' lush nature and depicts girls and young women in idyllic, spring-like garden scenes. They bathe, sit at the fountain or gather for music and talks. With the almost exclusive usage of light colors, pastel tones and white, Denis adds an enormous softness to the illustration. The harmonious atmosphere of a "white dream" is created through the partly fragmentary, partly pointillist color application. The scenes of an eternal springcombine a both profane as well as religious ideal so closely that the land turns into a garden Eden and the young women resemble Madonna.
230
Maurice Denis
Bouquet d'arbres en fleurs (Studie für L’Éternel Printemps), Um 1907.
Oil on cardboard
Estimate:
€ 8,000 / $ 8,800
Sold:
€ 8,125 / $ 8.937

(incl. 25% surcharge)