May 18, 2006
Jan 2, 2009

Our Souls, in Languorous Gestures


Our Souls, in Languorous Gestures

1898, published 1899

Maurice Denis

(French, 1870–1943)


Auguste Clot

(French, 1858–1936)


Ambroise Vollard

(French, 1867–1939)

Color lithograph

Image: 28.3 x 40.1 cm (11 1/8 x 15 13/16 in.); Sheet: 40.5 x 53.4 cm (15 15/16 x 21 in.)

John L. Severance Fund 1998.39

Catalogue raisonné: Cailler 116

Edition: 100



Women in domestic interiors and protected gardens provided the subject matter for Denis’s portfolio of 12 color lithographs entitled Love. The feminine associations with the interior illustrated in Our Souls, in Slight Gestures are underscored by the ruffled lampshade, roses, and arabesques on the piano shawl. Throughout the 19th century, women played music, with few exceptions, at home. Within these confines, their accomplishments were relegated to that of the amateur, performing for friends but not for money or public acclaim.

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PR - Lithograph
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