Women in domestic interiors and protected gardens provided the subject matter for Denis’s portfolio of 12 color lithographs entitled Love. The feminine associations with the interior illustrated in Our Souls, in Slight Gestures are underscored by the ruffled lampshade, roses, and arabesques on the piano shawl. Throughout the 19th century, women played music, with few exceptions, at home. Within these confines, their accomplishments were relegated to that of the amateur, performing for friends but not for money or public acclaim.
Fonte: the album L'Amour: Love: Our Souls, in Slight Gestures, 1892-1898 (published 1911). Maurice Denis (French, 1870-1943), Ambroise Vollard, Paris, 1911. Color lithograph; sheet: 40.5 x 53.4 cm (15 15/16 x 21 in.); image: 28.3 x 40.1 cm (11 1/8 x 15 13/16 in.). The Cleveland Museum of Art, John L. Severance Fund 1998.39