The title of this work -Audi Filia- which translates from Latin as Listen Daughter refers to a famous piece of literature by John Avila who was a Spanish priest, writer and major figure in the 16th century ecclesiastical reform movement in Spain. Maurice Denis produced a great body of woodcuts in the 1890’s. We believe that this bronze was cast from just such a woodcut by the artist. Members of the Nabis Group such as Denis and Gauguin did not produce large numbers of bronzes, even when they did produce the occasional piece of sculpture. Like Degas, Renoir, and certain other Impressionists, sculpture was more personal to these artists and done almost as if for themselves than for an art buying public. We believe that very few of Denis’ woodcuts have been cast in bronze because none have surfaced through auction. Audi Filia would have potentially been an illustration for a book. Many of Denis' works reflect religious processions and people engaged in devout activities. Denis achieved a level of mysticism in his work which reverberates and moves us in the same way Gauguin’s work of this nature still does. Audi Filia is a compelling work which conveys the spirit and aesthetic of this particular school of art that flourished in Pont-Aven.
Folgoet le Soir, 1929, oil on canvas, 25 3/4 x 29 1/4 inches
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