Monsieur Huc

Image credit: The Henry Barber Trust, The Barber Institute of Fine Arts, University of Birmingham

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This portrait was given by Denis to his patron and supporter Arthur Huc (1854–1932). He was an art critic and newspaper owner in Toulouse. The artist adopts an unusual horizontal format, allowing him to frame the nonchalantly-posed figure with patterned wallpaper and a curling plume of cigarette smoke. This mixture of more realistic forms and abstract patterns, reflects Denis’s role in the artists’ group known as the Nabis (Prophets). They adopted a more decorative and symbolic style, in reaction to the naturalistic concerns of the Impressionists.

Monsieur Huc




oil on millboard


H 53.5 x W 285 cm

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Acquisition method

purchased, 1987

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Inscription description

Signed and dated vertically: MAUD 92


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