Paul Cezanne Artwork Details


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Title: Les Petits Baigneuses (small plate) (s.7504) Also called : Les six Baigneurs The Bathers Medium: Original Lithograph, 1897, on thin Chine Volante paper, with large margins, first state of two, unsigned as normal. Verso is a blue rubber stamp “Made in France”. Rector: Hand written in pencil at base of margin : “CEZANNE 46-L/72 Small Bathers Trial proof” Literature: Venturi 1156, Michel Melot : “Les gravures des Impressionistes: Number 8 Jean Cherpin : “L’Oeuvre Grave de Cezanne” published by Arts et Livres de Provence Size: 347 x 445 mms (Paper size) ; 220 x 290 mms (Image size) Edition: Trial proof in black and white. The number of trial proofs made is not known. The edition in colour was of 100 proofs. Note : Cezanne showed little interest in graphics and the only prints he made were due to persuasion by others. It took all the insistence of his friends, Pissarro, Guillaumin and Dr Gachet for him to produce his 5 lithographs. Later it took all the pressure that his dealer, Ambroise Vollard, could exert to persuade him to make three lithographs - two in colours and one in black and white. In December 1897 Vollard published his second “Album des Peintres-Graveurs”. It was more substantial then the first and for that reason it sold for 150 Francs instead of just 100. Among the prints was a lithograph by Cezanne entitled “The Bathers”. It depicted six naked men, one of them standing in the water of a small stream, most of them facing left, in a landscape setting. The lithograph was in colours but there were a few trial proofs in black and white of which ours is an example. There was a larger plate also made of different design.. Provenance: Christies New York, 11/19/1990, Lot 90 (Sold for US$6600) - Their labels verso Ferdinand Roten Galleries, Baltimore (Their label verso) Public Collections: Bibliotheque de L’Institute d’Art et d’Archaeologie, Paris National Gallery of Art, Washington DC

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