Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)

Page de croquis (recto); La partie de campagne (verso)

Paul Cezanne (1839-1906)
Page de croquis (recto); La partie de campagne (verso)
watercolor, pen and brown ink and pencil on paper (recto); watercolor and pencil on paper (verso)
5 ¾ x 6½ in. (14.6 x 16.5 cm.)
Executed circa 1875
Paul Cézanne fils, Paris.
Ambroise Vollard, Paris.
Maurice Renou, Paris.
Galerie Feilchenfeldt, Zurich.
Fine Arts Associates (Otto M. Gerson), New York.
Acquired from the above by the late owner, December 1955.
A. Vollard, Paul Cézanne, Son art, Paris, 1914, pp. 79 and 81 (recto and verso full sheets illustrated).
L. Venturi, Cézanne—son oeuvre, Paris, 1936, vol. I, p. 247, no. 876 (verso illustrated, vol. II, pl. 278; dated 1872-1877) and p. 298, no. 1225 (recto full sheet illustrated, vol. II, pl. 341; dated 1872-1883).
G. Berthold, Cézanne, und die alten Meister, Stuttgart, 1958, p. 127, no. 260 (recto full sheet illustrated and dated 1872-1883).
A. Chappuis, The Drawings of Paul Cézanne, A Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1973, vol. I, p. 123, no. 356 (recto full sheet illustrated, vol. II).
J. Rewald, Paul Cézanne, The Watercolors, A Catalogue Raisonné, Boston, 1983, p. 95, no. 45 (verso full sheet illustrated).

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Lot Essay

The present work depicts a bathing soldier, likely after Michelangelo’s Battle of Cascina; a portrait of the artist’s son; and a watercolor study for his contemporaneous painting, La Partie de Campagne. As recorded in Vollard’s archives, this last scene was originally extended, and likely separated by 1973, as noted in Chappuis under numbers 356 and 357. A more fully developed watercolor of the same subject, also titled La Partie de Campagne is developed in resplendent colors on the verso of the present lot, complete with a singer and string-player.

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