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    Sale 12146

    Impressionist & Modern Art Works on Paper Sale

    17 November 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1080

    Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

    Etudes d'après Madame Cézanne (recto and verso)

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    Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
    Etudes d'après Madame Cézanne (recto and verso)
    pencil on paper
    12 7/8 x 9 7/8 in. (32.6 x 25.2 cm.)
    Drawn circa 1879-1880 (recto); Drawn circa 1878-1880 (verso)

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    This drawing will be included in the online catalogue raisonné of Paul Cézanne's works on paper, under the direction of Walter Feilchenfeldt, David Nash and Jayne Warman.

    Throughout his life Cézanne executed many portraits, primarily of his family members and close friends. Most frequently portrayed was Hortense Fiquet, the mother of his child and the woman he would marry in 1886. Cézanne met Hortense, a tall nineteen-year-old artist's model with brown hair and large black eyes, in 1869 in Paris. Over the course of his career, he painted twenty-seven oil portraits of his wife in addition to numerous works on paper. All the portraits of Hortense depict her motionless and quiet; the present sheet shows a group of intimate drawings of her, each one with her head bowed down slightly as if leaning over a book or needlepoint.


    Ambroise Vollard, Paris.
    Kenneth Clark, London (by 1936).
    Sidney Nolan, London.
    Acquired by the present owner, 1994.


    L. Venturi, Cézanne, Son art–son oeuvre, Paris, 1936, p. 325, no. 1477 (recto illustrated, vol. II, pl. 378).
    W. Andersen, Cézanne's Portrait Drawings, Cambridge, 1970, p. 90, no. 55 (recto) and p. 93, no. 62 (verso) (illustrated, vol. II; recto dated circa 1881-1882; verso dated circa 1882-1883).
    A. Chappuis, The Drawings of Paul Cézanne, A Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1973, vol. I, pp. 190 and 193, no. 711 (verso) and no. 728 (recto) (illustrated).


    Kunsthalle Basel, Paul Cézanne, August-October 1936, no. 159.
    Vienna, Osterreichische Galerie Belvedere, Paul Cézanne, April-June 1961, p. 37, no. 106.
    Aix-en-Provence, Pavillon de Vendôme, Paul Cézanne, 1961, no. 43.
    Newcastle upon Tyne, Laing Art Gallery and London, Hayward Gallery, Watercolour and Pencil Drawings by Cézanne, September-December 1973, no. 33 (illustrated).