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Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot - Marietta, or Roman Odalisque
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - Mademoiselle Fiocre
Louis-Ferdinand  Lachassaigne - Vase - Van Dyck painting his first canvas
Charles Durand dit Carolus-Duran - Mademoiselle de Lancey
Jean-Auguste-Dominique Ingres - Francis I Receives the Last Breaths of Leonardo da Vinci
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Eugène Delacroix - Combat of the Giaour and the Pasha
Jacob Mardochée known as Jacob Petit - Mameluke clock
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - Buste de Samuel Welles de La Valette
Gustave Courbet - Courbet au chien noir
Édouard Manet - Portrait of Théodore Duret
Louis Léopold Boilly - Portrait of Mademoiselle Athénaïs d’Albenas
Paul Gauguin - Old Man with a Stick
Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux - Ugolino
Jan  Van Beers   - Les funérailles de Charles le Bon, Comte de Flandre, célébrées à Bruges dans l’église Saint-Christophe le 22 avril 1127
Gustave Courbet - La sieste pendant la saison des foins (montagne du Doubs)
Alfred de Dreux - Portrait of Mr and Mrs Mosselman and their two daughters
Jean-Désiré Ringel d'Illzach - Portrait of Jeanne et Mrs Albert Dammouse
Octave  Penguilly L’Haridon  - Côtes de Belleville
Gustave Doré - The Vale of Tears
Gustave Doré - L’Ascension

Female bathers at Perros-Guirec

Granville, 1870 – Paris, 1943
Circa 1912
Oil on canvas
98 x 122 cm

Beaches featured in a major thematic series of work by Maurice Denis, who had been familiar with the Breton shoreline since his youth. The painter associated the spectacle of nature with the evocation of the feminine.

Contemporaneous with Fauvism, the sunny beach at Perros-Guirec demonstrates the increase in the number of colours in works of this period. The red and yellow stripes of the bathing suits become pure plastic motifs under his brush. The Breton shoreline hemmed with waves is given a Mediterranean feel by the use of dazzling light. Linked to careful study of Cézanne’s Bathers, geometric lines dictate the disposition of the figures. For Denis, playful activity pays tribute to the divine nature of creation by virtue of its naivety. By conjuring up the beaches where he spent happy times, the artist found meaning on a human and sacred scale in the beauty of the world.

Donor, testator or seller: 
Gift of Joseph Duveen, 1920
Inventory number: 
Inventory number : PPP00621
Room 8. Cézanne and modernism
The 19th century
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