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    Sale 1902

    Impressionist and Modern Works on Paper

    7 November 2007, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 127

    Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

    Tournant de route dans un bois

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    Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
    Tournant de route dans un bois
    pencil with traces of watercolor on paper
    12 x 15 3/8 in. (30.5 x 39.7 cm.)
    Executed circa 1900

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    Of the present work, Roger Fry has written,

    The very slight drawing--pencil with one or two minute washes--shows how [Cézanne] begins by only indicating a few significant parts of a contour. This is partly due to his intense desire to avoid isolating any one part from the whole context. He has to carry on the realization of every part on a level front, so to speak. But the extraordinary thing is to note how complete a conception of the whole space is given here. Here we are almost able to carry on the indications for ourselves, so pregnant are the hints he gives us (op. cit., pp. 64-65).


    Walter Halvorsen, Oslo.
    Galerie Bernheim-Jeune et Cie., Paris.
    Galerie Thannhauser, Berlin.
    Heiligers collection, Nice.

    Pre-Lot Text



    R. Fry, Cézanne, A Study of his Development, London, 1927, pp. 64-65 (illustrated, fig. 30).
    J.G. Fletcher, "Cézanne," Artwork, 1928, p. 38.
    L. Venturi, Cézanne, son art--son oeuvre, Paris, 1936, vol. I, p. 328, no. 1501 (illustrated, vol. II, pl. 1501).
    J. Rewald, Paul Cézanne: The Watercolors, Boston, 1983, p. 127, no. 173 (illustrated, p. 128).


    Berlin, Galerie Thannhauser, Erste Sonderausstellung, 1927, no. 37. (possibly) Berlin, Galerie Alfred Flechtheim, 1927, no. 38.