Monday, April 13, 2015

Newly Discovered Cézanne Sketches

During a recent paper conservation treatment, the Barnes Foundation discovered two unfinished sketches on the reverse sides of two watercolors by Cézanne.  The Sketches depict the landscape of southern France.

The discovery marks the first time these sketches have been seen since at least the early 20th century, most likely prior to Dr. Albert Barnes’s purchase of the works from Leo Stein in 1921.These sketches provide a glimpse behind Cezanne’s artistic process and their discovery highlights the importance of conservation efforts and dedicated collection stewardship. More

The Chaîne de l'Etoile Mountains (La Chaîne de l'Etoile avec le Pilon du Roi)
1885–1886
Watercolor and graphite on wove paper
12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.4 x 48.6 cm)

Trees (Arbres)
c. 1900 (possibly earlier)
Watercolor and graphite on laid paper
12 3/16 x 18 11/16 in. (31 x 47.5 cm)
BF655