Maurice Denis. Dreamed Happiness
A blockbuster exhibition
After being closed for 3 years for refitting, the Maurice Denis Museum is finally reopening to the public. Its inaugural exhibition pays tribute to Maurice Denis, theorist of the Nabis group, who lived all his life in Saint-Germain-en-Laye.
A painter, decorator and engraver, Maurice Denis (1870-1943) was an artist of many talents. His works (over 1,500!), bequeathed by his family in 1976, are what make the collections of the Maurice Denis Museum such a treasure trove.
This exhibition highlights the key works held by the museum, together with many previously unseen pieces, mainly from private collections. It also benefits from exceptional loans, in particular from the Musée d'Orsay, including The Muses, one of the most famous paintings by Maurice Denis, The Lady in the Walled Garden, Nude with Bouquets of Violets, The Child in Blue Trousers and Mother and Blue Child.
An artist’s home that is exceptional
The exhibition offers a truly immersive experience of the private life of the man and of the artist, at every stage of his life and work, and in his various homes. In 1914, Maurice Denis bought the old hospital of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, built under Louis XIV, which he renamed “The Priory”. He settled his family and workshop there.
This artist's home with its exceptional architecture, in which he lived for the last 30 years of his life, became the museum that bears his name today. It was awarded the “Maison des Illustres” (Distinguished People’s Houses) label by the French Ministry of Culture, in recognition of a place whose purpose is to preserve and pass on the memory of women and men who are distinguished figures in France’s political history and social and cultural life. In this unique setting you will be able to see the masterpieces that were executed here.
A stroll in the garden adjoining the museum, a veritable oasis of greenery in the heart of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, is a must. To mark the reopening of the museum, its sculpture section has been supplemented by a loan from the Maillol Museum, “L'Été” (Summer), a large bronze by Aristide Maillol. Consisting of 13 works, including five from Bourdelle, this section is conducive to contemplation.
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Days and opening hours
From 18/09/2021 to 29/05/2022. Closed on Monday.