Paul Cézanne

Paul Cézanne
in use ca. 1875-1885
Graphite, with watercolor on one sheet, on 48 sheets of mixed white, blue, gray, beige, and brown wove paper, bound in beige linen.
Leaves: 4 15/16 x 8 1/2 inches (126 x 216 mm); binding: 5 5/16 x 8 5/8 inches (134 x 221 mm)
Thaw Collection, gift in honor of the 75th Anniversary of the Morgan Library and the 50th Anniversary of the Association of Fellows.

This sketchbook, compiled by the artist between 1875 and 1885, is composed of seventy-five drawings on forty-eight leaves, rebound in linen-clad boards. Cézanne used this linen-bound sketchbook for roughly a decade at a time when he was particularly engaged with drawing. It includes studies of the Provençal landscape, Paris rooftops, and informal portraits of his wife, son, and friends, such as Pissarro. This spread features a self-portrait juxtaposed with two studies of Émile Zola asleep. On other pages Cézanne depicted objects in Zola's house in Médan, revealing the intimacy of their friendship, which would be sundered by Zola's publication of L'oeuvre (The Masterpiece) in 1886. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

The artist's son, Paul Cézanne, Paris; Maurice Renou, Paris; Poyet collection, Lyons; Maurice Renou, Paris; Sam Salz, New York; Mr. and Mrs. Leigh Block, Chicago; Eugene V. and Clare Thaw, New York
Associated names: 

Cézanne, Paul, 1872-1947, former owner.
Poyet, former owner.
Renou, Maurice, former owner.
Salz, Sam, former owner.
Block, Leigh B., 1905-1987, former owner.
Block, Leigh, Mrs., former owner.
Thaw, Eugene Victor, former owner.
Thaw, Clare, former owner.


The Morgan Library & Museum, New York, NY, "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection", 2017. Exh. cat., fig. 18, p. 177; no. 41, p. 219 repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. Drawings from the Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Eugene Victor Thaw. Part II. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1985, no. 47, repr. (fol. 11 verso, fol. 12, fol. 13 verso, fol. 15)
Denison, Cara D. et al. From Mantegna to Picasso : Drawings from the Thaw Collection at the Pierpont Morgan Library, New York. London : Royal Academy of Arts ; New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1996, no. 77, repr. (fol. 11 verso, fol. 12, fol. 13 verso, fol. 15).

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