The Drawings of Maurice Denis: Traces of Inspiration on Paper

National Museum Of Western Art, Tokyo

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[image: Maurice Denis, Study for "The Bath" from Florentine Evening (1910), charcoal and pastel on paper, The National Museum of Western Art, Matsukata Collection]

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The Nabi School (Les Nabi) member Maurice Denis (1870-1943) is one of the painters who holds an important place in the Matsukata Collection. Two years ago the descendants of Teizaburo Kuga and Taro Kuga donated four works, bringing the number of drawings by Denis in the NMWA collection to 26 works. Featuring the debut of these four newly received gifts, this exhibition brings together drawings and related works collected by Matsukata. Displays include preparatory sketches for decorative murals and book illustrations, along with portraits given to close friends of Denis. Each work reveals traces of that moment when inspiration wells forth, often hidden in the final painted version of the work. These drawings also give a sense of the affection that Denis felt for his models.

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from October 15, 2016 to January 15, 2017
Closed December 28th–January 15th.

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Maurice Denis

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