Dying Slave
Page XLII (verso) from Sketchbook II

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906. After a sculpture by Michelangelo Buonarroti, Italian, 1475 - 1564.

Made in France, Europe


Graphite pencil on wove paper

Sheet: 8 1/2 x 5 inches (21.6 x 12.7 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

    Like the drawing of the same statue on page XXVI bis recto in this sketchbook (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1987-53-56a), this one shows a direct frontal view, clearly the principal one for Michelangelo, in which the figure's arms, head, and body form a relatively closed and balanced mass. In the other drawings (Chappuis, Adrien. The Drawings of Paul Cézanne. 2 vols. Greenwich, Conn., 1973, nos. 473, 678), the statue is seen more from the left side and produces a more open, irregular design. Evidently responding to this closed aspect of the frontal view, Cézanne reinforces the contours repeatedly, bringing out the contrast between the uninterrupted, rippling vertical at the right and the series of cascading curves at the left, though he also begins to articulate the interior forms through shading. Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 218.