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Georges Clairin - Portrait of Sarah Bernhardt
Armand Point - Peacock Casket
Camille Alaphilippe - Woman with Monkey
Aristide  Maillol - Seated female nude with her left hand on her head. Study for The Mediterranean
Louis-Robert Carrier-Belleuse - The Struggle for Life vase
Léon  Lhermitte - Les Halles
Fernand Pelez - The Death of Emperor Commodus
Pierre-Auguste Renoir - Ambroise Vollard in a Red Scarf
Jean Carriès - My Portrait
Emile Gallé - Two-handled vase
Georges-Henri Lemaire - Silence or Immortality
Charles-Alexandre Giron - Woman wearing gloves, also known as The Parisienne
Paul Sérusier - Tricoteuse au bas rose
Pierre-Auguste  Renoir - Portrait of Madame de Bonnières
Berthe Morisot - Jeune fille en décolleté - La fleur aux cheveux
Pierre Bonnard - Conversation à Arcachon
Pierre-Adrien Dalpayrat - Dish : The judgment of Paris
Joseph-Marius Avy  - Bal blanc
Marie Constantine Bashkirtseff - Parisienne, Portrait of Irma
Maurice Denis - Female bathers at Perros-Guirec
Fernand Pelez - La Vachalcade
Alfred Sisley - The Church at Moret (Evening)
Théophile Alexandre Steinlen - Ball on the 14th of July
Edmond  Aman-Jean - Miss Ella Carmichaël
Raoul Larche - Buste d'enfant (portrait présumé de Marcel Lerolle)
Sarah Bernhardt - Dagger : algues
 Baccarat Factory - Vase à décor de cactus
Emile Gallé - Commode, Le Sang d'Arménie
 Bracquemond (Félix), Rousseau (Eugène), Creil and Montereau factory - Round dish. Rousseau dinner service
Félix  Vallotton - Femme au bouquet
Emmanuel Frémiet - Le pélican gastronome
George Desvallières - Portrait de Mademoiselle Yvonne Robiquet
Léonard Agathon - Deux esquisses pour le Jeu de l'Echarpe

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
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