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The Bathers

A work made of oil on canvas.
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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

1899-1904

Artist:

Paul Cezanne
French, 1839-1906

About this artwork

Paul Cezanne set this idyllic view of a group of bathers in a frame of foliage. He rendered the ground, water, trees, and sky with patches of hatching that seem to register the energy he felt when painting. His primary concern, however, seems to have been striking a balance between the vigor of the bodies and the restfulness of the setting through individual poses and figure groupings—some invented, some likely derived from his other works depicting this subject.

Over the course of his career, Cezanne frequently revisited groups of bathers in nature. Through his multiple studies of the subject, he reconceived the classical motif of nudes outdoors in a modern style.

Status

On View, Gallery 248

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Paul Cezanne

Title

The Bathers

Place

France (Artist's nationality:)

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1899–1904

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

51.3 × 61.7 cm (20 3/16 × 24 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Amy McCormick Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1942.457

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