The Bathers, Maurice Denis
Maurice Denis
The Bathers
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Maurice Denis

The Bathers, 1907

129.5 x 196 cm
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Inventory Number
SG 178
Acquired in 1910
On display, 1st upper level, Modern Art, room 6


About the Work

The Post-Impressionist painter Maurice Denis has committed to canvas a delicately coloured bathing scene, which nonetheless looks a little stiff and artificial. However, it is not intended to be realistic, but rather to make the artist's impression visually comprehensible. With their knotted hair and the white towels they have wrapped themselves in, the women look like goddesses. The interplay of light and shade is reproduced in light pastel hues, so that the graceful figures appear to be lost in reverie. The little girl in the centre of the painting lends the bathing scene a natural innocence.

Work Data

Basic Information

The Bathers
Period Produced
Object Type
Physical Description
Oil on canvas
Label at the Time of Manufacture
Signiert und datiert unten: MAVRICE DENIS 1907

Property and Acquisition

Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main
Picture Copyright
Public Domain
Acquired in 1910

Work Content

Motifs and References


  • 25H landscapes
  • 31AA14 human figure of ideal proportions, e.g. academic nude - AA - female human figure
  • 31D15 adult woman
  • 31D112 child
  • 25H2 landscapes with waters, waterscapes, seascapes (in the temperate zone)
  • 31A545 taking a bath
  • 25H15 forest, wood

Research and Discussion


Object History
Maurice Denis, Saint-Germain-en-Laye
verkauft an die Stadt Frankfurt am Main, 1910.


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