An ode to love! Learn more about the origin of Amour, Maurice Denis' print series, in this romantic exhibition.
The French artist Maurice Denis (1870-1943) created the romantic print series Amour in 1899. It was inspired by the love poems Denis wrote for Marthe Meurier, his later wife, in his journal.
Amour is an ode to Marthe and love in all its forms: from domestic to physical and from chivalrous to divine.
Crème de la crème The Amour series consists of thirteen colour lithographs. With their refined colours, soft lines and detailed patterns, the prints are the crème de la crème of avant-garde lithography.
Denis worked on the series for years, making countless sketches, drawings and proofs. In the exhibition, you can see the colour lithographs together with his journal entries, design drawings and proofs.
You can follow each step of the creative process between artist and printer and witness the journey from proof to perfection. Publisher Ambroise Vollard and especially master printer Auguste Clot were also critical to the genesis of the series.