The Supper at Emmaus
Maurice Denis (1870 - 1943), 1894
oil on paper on cardboard on panel, 35.5 cm x 48.3 cm
Credits: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij)
Denis chose a Biblical subject for this painting, but has given it a personal twist. The picture shows Christ sitting at table and breaking bread. Facing him is Denis himself. He is the disciple who has just realised the identity of his extraordinary table companion. Denis’ wife Marthe is entering the room carrying a dish.
Denis presents the Bible story in a modern setting: the inn in his own home town. Notice the contemporary rug on the floor , for example. But the composition, with its glimpses of the outside world, is inspired by early Italian frescoes. Denis also made a print based on this painting.
- Object number
- 35.5 cm x 48.3 cm, 43.3 cm x 55.2 cm
- Maurice Denis
- Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (purchased with support from the BankGiro Loterij)
MECC, TEFAF Maastricht, 14 March 2014 - 23 March 2014
Brussels, Musée de Bruxelles, La Libre Esthétique : deuxième exposition, 23 February 1895 - 1 April 1895, no. 201
La Libre Esthétique : catalogue de la deuxième exposition, 1895, p. 23
Maurice Denis : earthly paradise (1870-1943), 2006, p. 17, 70, 84, 177, 180-182
Frédéric Destremau, Les pèlerins d’Emmaüs de Maurice Denis, p. 173-180