New technology allowed for inexpensive printing and the wide distribution of newspapers, books, and advertisements in the late nineteenth century. Maurice Denis created a poster advertising the newspaper La Dépêche de Toulouse. The owner of the paper was so pleased with the swirling excitement of the art nouveau-styled poster that he asked Denis to create this painting as a larger and more permanent image to be hung in his office.
Artist Maurice Denis, French, 1870-1943
  • La Depêche de Toulouse
Date 1892
Medium oil on canvas
Dimensions Unframed: 51 3/4 × 35 1/4 inches (131.4 × 89.5 cm)
Framed: 67 3/4 inches × 51 inches × 3 1/4 inches (172.1 × 129.5 × 8.3 cm)
Credit Line Founders Society Purchase, Robert H. Tannahill Foundation Fund
Accession Number 1985.15
Department European Painting
On View Modern N2BB, Level 2 (see map)
Signed Signed, center left, vertically: MAUDENIS
Inscriptions Inscribed, throughout, as part of composition, on the newspapers: LA DEPÊCHE | Editions
1892, Arthur Huc (Toulouse, France);
by descent to Mme. Chaviat (Toulouse, France);
private collection (Switzerland);
(Jean Pierre Selz, Lynven, Inc., New York, New York, USA);
1985-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)
Barazzetti-Demoulin, S. Maurice Denis, 25 Novembvre 1870-13 Novembre 1943. Paris, 1945, p. 279.

Bulletin of the DIA: Annual Report 62, no. 3 (1986): p. 11 (pl. VII), p. 21.

Masterpieces from The Detroit Institute of Arts. Exh. cat., Bunkamura Museum of Art, et al. Tokyo, 1989, pp 109, 226, cat. 77 (ill.).