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Cézanne: Drawing

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'Revelatory, underappreciated still-lifes, landscapes, and figure studies' - New Yorker

A major career-spanning appraisal of Cézanne's drawings and watercolours

Although he is most often celebrated as a painter, Paul Cézanne’s extraordinary vision was fuelled by his experiments on paper. In pencil and watercolour, on individual sheets and across the pages of sketchbooks, the artist described form through multiple probing lines; realized compositions through repetitions and transformations; and conjured kaleidoscopic colour through layering of watercolour. It is in these material realities of drawing where we see Cézanne at his most modern: embracing the unfinished, making process visible and actively inviting the viewer to participate in the act of perception.

Published to accompany a major exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, this is the most significant effort to date to unite drawings from across Cézanne’s entire career, tracing the development of his practice on paper, exploring working methods that transcend subject, and devoting both curatorial and conservation-based research to these remarkable works.

  • Author: Jodi Hauptmann,  Senior Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at The Museum of Modern Art and Samantha Friedman,  Associate Curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at MoMA
  • Hardcover: 184 pages | 254 illustrations
  • Date published: June 2021
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 978-1633451261
  • Product Dimensions: 26.7 x 23.0 cm

'Cézanne: Drawing allows you to take the incredible collection of images home to both further marvel at and consider. Many pages show the initial sketches, scribbles, simple paintings along with their corresponding masterpiece, allowing you to picture the thought process of the turn of the 20th century genius. It’s an invigorating process' - Vulture

'The essays are instructive and wide ranging and the works are beautifully reproduced on matte paper that does justice to the subtle tonalities of the drawings and watercolours' - The Burlington Magazine

'This subversion of expectations turns what could have been a staid, Old Masterish presentation of the work of an all-too-well-known canonical artist into something suspenseful and dramatic' - Artforum

'Cézanne revolutionized visual art, changing a practice of rendering illusions to one of aggregating marks that cohere in the mind rather than the eye of the viewer...Cézanne drew nearly every day, rehearsing the timeless purpose--and the impossibility--of pictorial art: to reduce three dimensions to two' -  New Yorker

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