Antique Bacchus
Page 1 (recto) from Sketchbook I

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906

Made in France, Europe


Graphite 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

    A vigorous, swiftly drawn copy after the antique Bacchus of Mazarin, also called the Bacchus of Versailles, in the Louvre, seen from the front. The effect of light and shade is vivid, but Cézanne's chief interest seems to have been the figure's relaxed, gracefully curving stance, with the left leg straight and the other bent, the left arm bent and the other straight. On this model of classical contrapposto he then based the stance of one version of his bather with outstretched arms (Venturi, Lionello. Cézanne, son art--son oeuvre. 2 vols. Paris, 1936, no. 544). Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 31.