Feb 11, 2020

Procession on Pardon at Perros-Guirec

Procession on Pardon at Perros-Guirec


Maurice Denis

(French, 1870–1943)

Oil on canvas

Unframed: 55.9 x 46.4 cm (22 x 18 1/4 in.)

Nancy F. and Joseph P. Keithley Collection Gift 2020.108


Did you know?

A pardon is a ceremony that occurs on the feast of the patron saint of a church often followed by a procession.


While the parades following ceremonies dedicated to saints known as pardon processions are traditionally silent, Denis often spoke of his work in musical terms using "rhythm" and "harmony" to describe color and composition. This painting embodies rhythm through the repetition of figural groupings and the movement of the procession. Harmony can be seen in the use of complementary colors that satisfy the eye when paired together.

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