Feb 11, 2020

Procession on Pardon at Perros-Guirec

Procession on Pardon at Perros-Guirec


Maurice Denis

(French, 1870–1943)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 55.9 x 46.4 cm (22 x 18 1/4 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.108

Did you know?

A pardon is a ceremony that occurs on the feast of the patron saint of a church often followed by a procession.


One of the leading artists of a group called the Nabis ("Prophets"), Denis rejected naturalism and materialism out of desire to return spirituality to art. His imaginative compositions emphasize flat, decorative shapes and abstract colors. This painting depicts an annual procession in a small village in Brittany held on the feast day of Saint-Jacques. Young women dressed in white lead the procession; they are followed by married women wearing black and carrying a religious icon.

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