Antique Hermes Fixing His Sandal
Page XXVI (recto) from Sketchbook II

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906

Made in France, Europe


Graphite, traces of watercolor and oil paint, on wove paper

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

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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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

    Surprisingly, this is the only copy Cézanne made after a statue whose pose must have interested him greatly, since he based a number of his bathers on it throughout his career. Hermes Fixing His Sandal is an antique replica in the Louvre of a famous Greek work attributed to Lysippus. Cézanne's bather, likewise leaning forward to the right, its right leg raised, appears both as a male figure in the mid-1870s (Venturi, Lionello. Cézanne, son art--son oeuvre. 2 vols. Paris, 1936, nos. 273-74, 276) and as a female figure some thirty years later (ibid., nos. 719, 721). The same figure type also appears as a woman taking her bath indoors, in a watercolor of the mid 1880s (Rewald, John. Paul Cézanne: The Watercolors. Boston, 1983, no. 144), and as a small, schematic figure of indeterminate sex earlier in this sketchbook (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1987-53-38a). Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 183.