Paul Cézanne

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Paul Cézanne
The Plaster Cupid
ca. 1902-1904
Watercolor and graphite.
18 15/16 x 8 15/16 inches (483 x 228 mm)
Thaw Collection.

Watermark: none visible
On several occasions and in various media, Cézanne depicted a plaster cast of a Roman cupid that he kept in his studio. The most famous of these representations is a painting of 1894 at the Courtauld Gallery, London, but studies such as this sheet both pre-and postdate that work: Cézanne perhaps knowingly toyed with the idea of the "original" and the "copy after," which the cast itself evokes. As in many of Cézanne's late drawings, subtle touches of watercolor and repeated lines frame the statue, emphasizing the rippling contours of its silhouette. -- Exhibition Label, from "Drawn to Greatness: Master Drawings from the Thaw Collection"

Paul Cézanne, fils; Galerie Bernheim-Jeune, Paris; private collection, Paris; Eugene V. and Clare E. Thaw, New York.
Associated names: 

Cézanne, Paul, 1872-1947, 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., no. 47, repr.
Denison, Cara D. et al. The Thaw Collection : Master Drawings and New Acquisitions. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1994, no. 84.

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