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Bather With Outstretched Arms (recto); Study of a Tree (verso)

A work made of graphite on cream laid paper (pieced).
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of graphite on cream laid paper (pieced).

Date:

1874/77

Artist:

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839–1906

About this artwork

In the 1870s Paul Cezanne took up the subject of bathers, an interest that persisted until the end of his career. The artist did not use live models; his impetus was more conceptual than naturalistic, and he treated the human figure above all as an exercise in formal composition. This drawing derives from a group of studies and paintings that feature a single male bather with one arm rigidly outstretched. While the figure’s unconventional pose defies ready explanation, it was inspired by an ancient Roman sculpture of a dancing satyr in the Louvre Museum, Paris.

Cezanne’s staccato lines, although they appear quick and spontaneous, were in fact applied carefully and methodically as he slowly explored his subject, endowing his bather with a monumentality that belies the drawing’s modest dimensions.

Status

Currently Off View

Department

Prints and Drawings

Artist

Paul Cézanne

Title

Bather With Outstretched Arms (recto); Study of a Tree (verso)

Origin

France

Date

Made 1874–1877

Medium

Graphite on cream laid paper (pieced)

Dimensions

179 × 111 mm

Credit Line

Gift of Richard and Mary L. Gray

Reference Number

2019.840

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