Female Figure, after a Clock
Page 6 (verso) from Sketchbook I

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906

Geography:
Made in France, Europe

Date:
c. 1882

Medium:
Graphite pencil; graphite offset from page 7 recto; on wove paper

Dimensions:
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

Accession Number:
1987-53-5b

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

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  • PublicationPaul C

    Although apparently a portrait, this strongly modeled drawing is in fact a copy after a bronze mantel clock that was one of Cézanne's favorite models; nine other copies are known. The clock, evidently in the Charles X style, appears most completely in the three largest copies (Chappuis, Adrien. The Drawings of Paul Cézanne. 2 vols. Greenwich, Conn., 1973, nos. 457-59); the others, mostly in sketchbooks, focus on the seated woman or her torso or head alone. The particular clock has not been identified but it very likely adorned the apartment Cézanne occupied on rue de l'Ouest in 1880-82: one of the drawings occurs beside a view of Paris definitely made there (ibid., no. 581), and four of the others occur beside copies made in the Louvre (ibid., nos. 457, 72) or portraits of his son datable to those years on the basis of his apparent age (ibid., nos. 458, 821). Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 42.