Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
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Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Femmes s'habillant

Details
Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)
Femmes s'habillant
oil on paper laid down on canvas
8¾ x 13 in. (22.3 x 33.1 cm.)
Painted circa 1867
Provenance
Camille Pisarro, Paris; his sale, Galerie Georges Petit, Paris, 3 December 1928, lot 74.
Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris.
L'Art Moderne, Lucerne; sale, Hôtel Drouot, Paris, 20 June 1935, lot 22.
Galerie Beyeler, Basel.
Anonymous sale, Galerie Fischer, Lucerne, 18 November 1977, lot 1768.
Anonymous sale, Galerie Lempertz, Cologne, 6 May 1978, lot 95.
Aonymous sale, Sotheby's London, 2 December 1982, lot 407.
Private collection, Germany; sale, Christie's, London, 7 February 2001, lot 108.
Acquired at the above sale by the present owner.
Literature
G. Rivière, Le maître Paul Cézanne, Paris, 1923, p. 197 (titled 'Les femmes au bain').
M. Raynal, Cézanne, Paris, 1936 (illustrated pl. xx).
J. Rewald, Amour de l'Art, May, 1936 (illustrated fig. 100).
L. Venturi, Cézanne, son art - son oeuvre, vol. I, Paris, 1936, no. 93 (illustrated vol. II, pl. 24).
J. Rewald, The Paintings of Paul Cézanne, New York, 1996, vol. I, no. 123 (illustrated vol. II, p. 41).
Exhibited
Venice, Biennale, 1920, no. 1.
Paris, Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, 1934.
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Impressionnistes, 1967, no. 1.
Basel, Galerie Beyeler, Petits formats, 1967-1969, no. 17 (illustrated).
London, Royal Academy of Arts, Cézanne, The Early Years 1859-1872, April - August 1988, no. 28 (illustrated p. 127); this exhibition later travelled to Paris, Musée d'Orsay, September 1988 - January 1989 and Washington D.C., National Gallery of Art, January - April 1989.
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Lot Essay

Cézanne's early works executed in the decade after his first arrival in Paris have proved difficult to date with accuracy. However, the close relation of the figure group in the present work to that of the nymphs in L'Enlèvement (Rewald 121; Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge), a work dated 1867 by the artist, would seem to justify Lawrence Gowing's similar dating for this picture in his Cézanne - The Early Years exhibition.

Femmmes s'habillant was first owned by Camille Pissarro, who had known Cézanne from his time at the independent Académie Suisse in the 1860s. Pissarro was among the very first collectors of Cézanne's work - the present work may indeed have been a gift from the artist -and Femmes s'habillant remained in his collection until his death. It was included as lot 74 in Pissarro's posthumous sale in 1928 (see fig. 1). Four preparatory drawings for the figures in Femmes
s'habillant
are also extant, and all were originally in Pissarro's collection (Chappuis 201-204).

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