Chair Back
Page 21 (recto) from Sketchbook I

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906

Made in France, Europe


Graphite pencil; graphite offset; on wove paper

Sheet: 7 3/16 x 4 9/16 inches (18.3 x 11.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

Object Location:

Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Walter H. Annenberg, 1987

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  • PublicationPaul C�zanne: Two Sketchbooks

    The delicately drawn flowers and leaves in this sketch seem to float so lightly across the page that the subject might appear at first to be a landscape. It is more likely a corner of a tall chair back embroidered with a floral pattern, the same chair that appears in some of Cézanne's portraits of his wife in the early 1890s (Venturi, Lionello. Cézanne, son art--son oeuvre. 2 vols. Paris, 1936, nos. 570-72). But the same pattern also appears in another drawing of that decade (Chappuis, Adrien. The Drawings of Paul Cézanne. 2 vols. Greenwich, Conn., 1973, no. 1135), where it looks more like a framed embroidery on the wall and another chair stands in front of it. Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 73.