This piece from Tate’s collection is a lithograph that Cezanne made for the art dealer Ambroise Vollard. Vollard published two albums of prints, and was planning for a third, in which this piece was to be included. Sadly this third album was never published, due to slow sales of the first two. This piece closely copies the composition of one of Cezanne’s much earlier oil paintings, 'Bathers at Rest'
c.1876-7. First he made a lithograph in black to serve as a keystone, and then he hand-coloured an impression in watercolour for the printer to follow in preparing the colour stones.
The Large Bathers
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Date of work
Paul Cezanne The Large Bathers c.1898 Lithograph on paper 41 × 51 cm Tate. Presented by Lord Duveen 1927
Paul Cezanne (1839 – 1906) was a French artist who played a pivotal role in the development of modern art. As a Post-Impressionist painter, he developed his own characteristic style, with exploratory brushstrokes and close study of his subjects, painting still lifes, landscapes and portraits. Though he did not achieve much recognition until his later years, his practice had a lasting effect on modern painting, with both Matisse and Picasso among the many artists that cite him as an influence. In 1924, Tate became the first public museum in the United Kingdom to acquire Cezanne’s paintings, and they remain an important part of the collection.