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It was a Religious Mystery, plate four from Love

A work made of lithograph in yellow, reddish brown, and slate blue on light ivory wove paper.
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  • A work made of lithograph in yellow, reddish brown, and slate blue on light ivory wove paper.

Date:

1898, published 1899

Artist:

Maurice Denis (French, 1870-1943)
published by Ambroise Vollard (French, 1867-1939)

About this artwork

These 12 prints come from Love, a series of color lithographs that form a disjointed narrative about a woman who experiences love, although it is unclear if she is falling in love with a man, nature, or her faith. Each soft and dreamlike image is paired with a caption of fragmented poetry that serves as its title, but these phrases do not directly describe their corresponding images. Maurice Denis, who was also a writer, crafted these puzzling yet evocative captions to add layers of meaning through the interplay of text and image.

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Artist

Maurice Denis

Title

It was a Religious Mystery, plate four from Love

Origin

France

Date

1898–1899

Medium

Lithograph in yellow, reddish brown, and slate blue on light ivory wove paper

Dimensions

415 × 290 mm (image); 530 × 413 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

John H. Wrenn Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1946.432j

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