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Hercules Resting
Page XLIV (verso) from Sketchbook II

Paul Cézanne, French, 1839 - 1906. After a sculpture by Pierre Puget, French, 1620 - 1694.

Made in France, Europe


Graphite, graphite offset from page XLV recto, on wove paper

Sheet: 5 x 8 1/2 inches (12.7 x 21.6 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 drawing after Puget's statue in the Louvre that is similar to the one on page XVIII recto in this sketchbook (see Philadelphia Museum of Art, 1987-53-52a), but with some interesting differences. Holding the sketchbook horizontally rather than vertically, Cézanne is able here to indicate almost the entire length of the figure's extended leg, giving the silhouette a more open, irregular character. He also relies more on shading, applied in well-defined areas, to describe the powerfully rounded forms, rather than on his usual heavily repeated contours. As a result, the statue seems a more concrete, tangible object situated in a more specific milieu; only some indications of the architecture of the gallery, such as appear in a similar copy (Chappuis, Adrien. The Drawings of Paul Cézanne. 2 vols. Greenwich, Conn., 1973, no. 578), would be needed to complete the evocation of the setting. Theodore Reff, from Paul Cézanne: Two Sketchbooks (1989), p. 222.