Feb 11, 2020

Drying the Linen, or Moonrise at the Priory

Drying the Linen, or Moonrise at the Priory

1894

Maurice Denis

(French, 1870-1943)

Oil on canvas glued to cardboard

Unframed: 33.7 x 29.9 cm (13 1/4 x 11 3/4 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.109

Did you know?

Denis began creating religious art in 1894, the year this painting was completed. A priory, as described in the title, is a religious building where monks and nuns live under the leadership of a prior.

Description

This winter scene depicts the enclosed backyard gardens of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, a medieval town northwest of Paris where Denis lived his entire life. A woman in black hangs sheets out to dry, so that—according to custom—they will be bleached by moonlight.

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