Rocher du Skevel

WAG 6234


The craggy coastline of northern Brittany was near the Denis family home at Perros-Guirec. The area attracted Denis and fellow members of the progressive group of artists known as ‘Les Nabis’ (The Prophets). In 1890 Denis dismissed the traditional aim of painting to imitate nature. He radically defined a painting as ‘essentially a flat surface, covered with colours arranged in a certain order’. The decorative, flat, pattern-making qualities of this picture are enhanced by its vivid non-naturalistic colour and Denis’s monogram signature in the left corner. Skevel’s towering crags are emphasised by the tiny figures in the foreground.