L'Île Chevalier

Maurice Denis 

L'Île Chevalier
Oil on canvas, signed and dated lower right "MCVD 94"
Dimensions : 
57 x 36,5 cm / 22.44 x 14.17 inch
Dimensions with frame : 
83 x 65 cm / 32.68 x 25.59 inch
Exhibition : 

Septième exposition du Salon des Cent, Paris, galeries de La Plume, December 1894, no. 99
Maurice Denis, Paris, Galeries des Beaux-Arts, April-May 1963, no. 19
Maurice Denis, Albi, Toulouse-Lautrec Museum, June 28-September 29, 1963, no. 32

Description of the artwork

Île Chevalier is located in the river estuary of Pont-l'Abbé, near Loctudy, where the artist stayed with his wife Marthe during the summer of 1894. The painting, which depicts the island's pine forest, contains recurring motifs from the painter's work of the period: horses, bathers and trees with slender trunks, treated in a decorative manner. The inscription "Ile Chevalier" on a phylactery gives the scene a medieval character. This work can be compared with a stained-glass window commissioned the same year by the dealer Siegfried Bing (Le Cheval blanc, gouache on paper pasted on canvas, 130 x 76 cm, coll. part.).


February 1899, sold by the artist to Vollard (Ambroise Vollard Collection)
de Gaéa Collection
Wildenstein & Co private collection
New-York, private collection


Listed in the Catalogue raisonné under index no. 894.0057

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