Bed and Chair Frames
Page 9 (verso) from Sketchbook I

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906

Made in France, Europe


Graphite pencil; graphite offset from page 10 recto; on wove paper

Sheet: 4 9/16 x 7 1/4 inches (11.6 x 18.4 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 striking example of Cézanne's ability to discover an order or pattern in a fortuitous juxtaposition of familiar objects, this study of a corner of an iron bed frame overlapping the upper part of a wood chair frame is pursued with such intensity that the whole seems to become something organic and alive. It is also somewhat mysterious, since the nexus of the pattern, the spiral form within the curved "arm" of the bed frame, remains difficult to identify. Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 48.