Museum Folkwang
Vierge au baiser
  • Maurice Denis
  • Vierge au baiser, 1902

  • Madonna with Child (The Kiss)
  • Oil on canvas
  • 99 x 82 cm
  • Acquired in 1904 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Inv. G 38
  • CommentaryBecause of his literary education and his personal contacts, Maurice Denis was close to the Symbolists. At the same time, his clear emphasis of lines and his rejection of coloring relating to an object allied him with the Nabis, for example Pierre Bonnard, Paul Gauguin, Paul Sérusier, Edouard Vuillard and Félix Vallotton. ›Madonna with Child. The Kiss‹, painted around 1900 in this special style, shows Denis's wife Marthe and their baby daughter Anne-Marie in front of an open window in the family's Paris apartment at 59 rue de Mariel in Saint-Germain-en-Laye. Through the window you can recognize Le Prieuré, an old hospital. A biographical explanation for this religious accent in a secular scene was perhaps a feeling of gratitude for the birth of their second child; the couple had lost their first in tragic circumstances in 1895. Furthermore, at this time the painter was working on decoration for the chapel of the Collège Sainte-Croix and Sainte-Marguerite church. Denis had long wished to renew religious painting in the light of symbolist aesthetics.
  • Provenance1904, Künstler
    1904, Kauf beim Künstler, Ambroise Vollard, Paris
    1904 - 1922, Kauf bei Vollard, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
    1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen
  • Obj_Id: 2,957
  • Obj_Internet_S: ja
  • Obj_Ownership_S (Verantw):Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Obj_SpareNField01_N (Verantw): 187
  • Obj_Creditline_S: Museum Folkwang, Essen, Gemäldesammlung
  • Obj_Title1_S: Vierge au baiser
  • Obj_Title2_S: Madonna with Child (The Kiss)
  • Obj_PartDescription_S (Titelerg):
  • Obj_SpareMField01_M (Alle Titel): Vierge au baiser Madonna with Child (The Kiss) Vierge au baiser Madonna mit Kind (Der Kuss)
  • Obj_Dating_S: 1902
  • Jahr von: 1,902
  • Jahr bis: 1,902
  • Obj_IdentNr_S: G 38
  • Obj_IdentNrSort_S: G 0038
  • Obj_Classification_S (Objtyp): Painting
  • Obj_Crate_S: 99 x 82 cm
  • Obj_Material_S: Oil on canvas
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  • Obj_SpareSField01_S (Mat./Tech.): Oil on canvas
  • Obj_AccNote_S (Erwerb): Acquired in 1904 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
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  • Obj_Rights_S: © Museum Folkwang, Essen
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1904, Künstler
1904, Kauf beim Künstler, Ambroise Vollard, Paris
1904 - 1922, Kauf bei Vollard, Museum Folkwang, Hagen
1922, Kauf, Museum Folkwang, Essen