La Depêche de Toulouse, 1892

  • Maurice Denis, French, 1870-1943

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 51 3/4 × 35 1/4 inches (131.4 × 89.5 cm)
  • 67 3/4 inches × 51 inches × 3 1/4 inches (172.1 × 129.5 × 8.3 cm)

Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund

1985.15

On View

  • Modern N2BB

Department

European Painting

  • Allegory
  • Oil
  • Canvas
  • Figures (representations)
  • Newspapers
  • Painting (visual work)

New technology allowed for inexpensive printing and the wide distribution of newspapers, books, and advertisements in the late nineteenth century. Maurice Denis created a poster advertising the newspaper La Dépêche de Toulouse. The owner of the paper was so pleased with the swirling excitement of the art nouveau-styled poster that he asked Denis to create this painting as a larger and more permanent image to be hung in his office.

Signed, center left, vertically: MAUDENIS

Inscribed, throughout, as part of composition, on the newspapers: LA DEPÊCHE | Editions

1892, Arthur Huc (Toulouse, France); by descent to Mme. Chaviat (Toulouse, France); private collection (Switzerland); (Jean Pierre Selz, Lynven, Inc., New York, New York, USA); 1985-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Barazzetti-Demoulin, S. Maurice Denis, 25 Novembvre 1870-13 Novembre 1943. Paris, 1945, p. 279. Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 62, no. 3 (1986): p. 11 (pl. VII), p. 21. Masterpieces from The Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art, et al. Tokyo, 1989, pp 109, 226, cat. 77 (ill.). Leonard, Anne. Arabesque. Exh. cat., Clark Art Institute. Willamston, MA, 2019, p. 37, cat. no. 12 (fig. 40 ill.).

Maurice Denis, La Depêche de Toulouse, 1892, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund, 1985.15.