Comrade of Édouard Vuillard and Pierre Bonnard when all three were studying art, Maurice Denis (1870-1943) was a painter and major theoretician of modern French art at the turn of the 20th century. This show – the first dedicated to the artist in Switzerland in 50 years – focuses on the early years of Denis’s career. The novel visual experiments of the “Nabi of the beautiful icons” gave way to the serene splendor of the symbolist works, followed by the bold decision to return to classicism. This event, which features nearly 90 works, is organised with the exceptional support of the Musée d’Orsay and thanks to loans from Europe and the United States.
As part of the "Maurice Denis" exhibition in collaboration with the Musée d'Orsay, Helene Bailly Gallery will lend two works of art by Maurice Denis "Visite dans la chambre violette" (1899) and "Portrait de Mlle Fontaine à Mercin" (1898) to the Musée cantonal des Beaux-Arts in Lausanne.