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An image of Large bathers by Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne

(France 19 Jan 1839 – 22 Oct 1906)

Large bathers
Alternative title:
Les Baigneurs
Media category
Materials used
colour lithograph
iii of 3 states

41.0 x 50.5 cm image; 47.3 x 63.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r., [printed] black ink "P. Cézanne". Not dated.
Gift of Margaret Olley 2006
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

In 1873 Cézanne produced a handful of small etchings in the company of Camille Pissarro, Armaund Gilluamin and Dr Paul Gachet at Auvers-sur-Oise. Almost twenty-five years later he turned his hand again to printmaking and produced three lithographs. 'Large bathers' is one of only two colour prints by Cézanne, specially commissioned by the publisher Ambroise Vollard.

Cézanne firstly executed the lithograph in black and white, which served as the keystone drawing for the composition. He then handcoloured an impression that was given to the printer, Auguste Clot, as a model for the printer to work from in preparing the colour plates. Clot was the leading craftsman who implemented colour in French lithography in the 1890s. In this impression he successfully replicated the freshness and translucence of watercolour.

The composition is related to the painting, 'Bathers at rest' 1875-76, Barnes Foundation collection, showing four bathers in an open landscape dominated by Mont Sainte-Victoire.

Bibliography (4)

Douglas Druick, Cézanne: the late work, 'Cézanne's lithographs', 119-137, New York, 1977.

John McPhee, Great collections, Sydney, 2008, 96 (colour illus.).

Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Important works on paper and sculpture, 2004, cover (colour illus.).

Jill Sykes (Editor), Look, 'The beauty of Cezanne's drawings', Newtown, Dec 2008-Jan 2009, 13 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (4)

Les Peintres Graveurs de Paris, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, 16 Aug 1994–10 Sep 1994

Important works on paper and sculpture, Rex Irwin Art Dealer, Woollahra, 29 Mar 2004–23 Apr 2004

Great collections (2009), Ballarat Fine Art Gallery, Ballarat, 24 Jul 2009–30 Aug 2009

European prints and drawings 1500-1900, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 30 Aug 2014–02 Nov 2014

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