The Exhibition of the work of Maurice Denis

Maurice Denis (1870-1943) was a leading French impressionist painter who was active from the end of the 19th century through the first half of the 20th century. He was a central member of the Les Nabis group of avant-garde artist. His decorative style, which used flat and simple forms, exerted a considerable influence on 20th century painting movements. He himself was a devout Catholic, and during his Les Nabis period became known as “The Nabis of Beautiful Icons(Nabis aux belles icons).” He is known for his works based on biblical, as well as Greek and Roman myths. However, at the same time, “intimate” works based on everyday life, in particular those depicting his own children and family, also took up a central position in Denis’ art. This exhibition takes a close look and Denis’ art, focusing on the “children” and “family” depicted in his works, with a total of about 100 of Denis’ paintings, sketches, photographs, and other materials gathered from museums and individual collectors in Japan and overseas.

Exhibition Details

From September 10th (Sat.) to November 13th (Sun.), 2011
(closed Mondays,except.Sep.19th、Oct. 10th)
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art
1-26-1, Nishi-Shinjuku, Shinjuku-ku, Tokyo 160-8338
Sompo Japan Headquarters build. 42nd floor
Open Hours
10:00-18:00 (Admittance by 17:30)
10:00-20:00 (Only Nov.4th,11th Admittance by 19:30)
Adults: 1,000yen (800yen)
University & High School Students: 600 yen (500yen)
Senior Citizens (65 years and more): 800yen
Children of Junior High School or under: Free
( ) indicated discount rates for groups of 20 and more
Organized by
Seiji Togo Memorial Sompo Japan Museum of Art, NHK,
NHK Promotions Inc., The Mainichi Newspapers.
Supported by
Sompo Japan Insurance Inc., Mizuho Bank, Ltd.,
Nissha Printing Co., Ltd.
Patronized by
Ambassade de France au Japon
Cosponsored by
Le Catalogue raisonné de l’œuvre de Maurice Denis
Planned by
Musée Départemental Maurice Denis、Air France Corporate


《Grand portrait de famille》
Collection particuliére
《La Boxe》
Collection particuliére
《Les Enfants au balcon à Venise,
dit aussi Au balcon de Venise》
Paris,Musée d’Orsay,dèpôt au Musée des
Beaux-arts de Caen
《La Toilette de l’enfant》
Collection particuliére
2011070404[1] 《Les premiers pas de Dominique,
dit aussi Famille au bord de la mer》
Paris,Musée d’Orsay,dèpôt au Musée des
Beaux‐arts de Rennes
《Itron Varia Sklerder,
dit aussi Le Bateau de la Clarté》
Collection particulié、
dèpôt au Musée de Morlaix
《Annonciation à la fenêtre du Prieuré》
Rodez,Musée Denys Puech