But It Is the Heart that Beats Too Fast

(French, 1870–1943)
(French, 1858–1936)
(French, 1867–1939)
Image: 44.8 x 29.4 cm (17 5/8 x 11 9/16 in.); Sheet: 53 x 40.6 cm (20 7/8 x 16 in.)
Catalogue raisonné: Cailler 119
Location: not on view
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Maurice Denis was a devout Catholic and often drew visual connections between his wife, Marthe, the subject of this print series, and the Virgin Mary.


Maurice Denis belonged to the Nabis, a group of artists who came together in 1889 to pursue a radical new style informed by subjective experience and emotion. This print is from a series in which Denis explored his devotion to his wife, Marthe, by depicting her in a variety of settings alongside titles drawn from his own journal. The vague but evocative images were meant to encourage the viewer to draw connections to the theme and meditate on its meaning.
But It Is the Heart that Beats Too Fast

But It Is the Heart that Beats Too Fast


Maurice Denis, August Clot, Ambroise Vollard

(French, 1870–1943), (French, 1858–1936), (French, 1867–1939)

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