Saturday, June 1, 2013

Cezanne's Bathers

Cézanne painted bathers from the 1870s onwards, including numerous compositions of male and female bathers, singly or in groups. Late in life, he painted three large-scale female bather groups. In addition to the National Gallery's painting, they are now in the Barnes Foundation, Merion, PA, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. He seems to have been at work on all three simultaneously at the time of his death.

In such works, Cézanne was reinterpreting a long tradition of paintings with nude figures in the landscape by artists such as Titian and Poussin. While the subjects of their works were taken from classical myths, Cézanne did not use direct literary sources. Instead, his central theme was the harmony of the figures with the landscape expressed through solid forms, strict architectonic structure, and the earth tones of the bodies.
~ Description from the London National Gallery website

Paul Cezanne

The Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), 1900 - National Gallery, London

Study for Bathers

The Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses), 1906 - Philadelphia Museum of Art

Detail: The Bathers (Les Grandes Baigneuses)

Bathers, 1875 - Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City

Four Bathers, 1878

Three Bathers, 1875-77 Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France

Four Bathers, 1890

Five Bathers, 1887

Bathers at Rest, 1904

Bathers at Rest, 1887

Bathers and Fisherman with a Line, 1872

Bather, 1887

Bathers, 1905
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