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Cézanne Drawing

June 06, 2021 – September 25, 2021

The Museum of Modern Art

The Museum of Modern Art will present a major exhibition offering a new look at the celebrated modern artist Paul Cézanne (1839–1906) through close attention to his process in pencil and watercolor and fresh insights into this profoundly original yet lesser-known body of work. Cézanne Drawing will be the first major effort in the United States to unite drawings from across the artist’s entire career, tracing the development of his practice on paper and exploring his working methods. More than 200 works on paper—including drawings, sketchbooks, and rarely seen watercolors—will be shown alongside a selection of related oil paintings, drawn from MoMA’s collection as well as public and private collections from around the world. Presented together, these works will reveal how this fundamental figure of modern art—more often recognized as a painter—produced his most radical works on paper.

Organized by by Jodi Hauptman, Senior Curator, and Samantha Friedman, Associate Curator, with Kiko Aebi, Curatorial Assistant, Department of Drawings and Prints. Laura Neufeld, Associate Conservator, David Booth Department of Conservation, is a key collaborator, part of the project’s curatorial-conservation partnership.  

Leadership support for the exhibition is provided by The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art, Ronald S. and Jo Carole Lauder, the Kate W. Cassidy Foundation, the Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, The Halvorsen Family Foundation, and Monique M. Schoen Warshaw.

Generous funding is provided by the Eyal and Marilyn Ofer Family Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the Dian Woodner Exhibition Endowment Fund, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer.

Special thanks to William L. Bernhard and the late Catherine Cahill, Andreas Dracopoulos, Jack Shear, Anne Hendricks Bass Foundation, Ann R. Kinney in Memory of Gilbert H. Kinney, and John Wilmerding for their gifts to the International Council in support of the exhibition. 

Major support for the publication is provided by the Jo Carole Lauder Publications Fund of The International Council of The Museum of Modern Art.

This exhibition is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities.

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Paul Cézanne. Studies and Portraits of the Artist’s Son (Études et portraits du fils de l’artiste). 1877–78. Pencil on paper, 9 3/4 × 12 1/8″ (24.8 × 30.8 cm). The Albertina, Vienna

Paul Cézanne. Foliage (Étude de feuillage). 1900–04. Watercolor and pencil on wove paper, 17 5/8 × 22 3/8″ (44.8 × 56.8 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lillie P. Bliss Collection. Photo © 2021 MoMA, NY

Paul Cézanne. Self-Portrait and Apple (Autoportrait et pomme). 1880–84. Pencil on paper, 6 13/16 × 9 1/16″ (17.3 × 23 cm). Cincinnati Art Museum. Gift of Miss Emily Poole. Bridgeman Images

Paul Cézanne. Bathers (Baigneurs). 1885–90. Watercolor and pencil on wove paper, 5 × 8 1/8″ (12.7 × 20.6 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Lillie P. Bliss Collection. Photo © 2021 MoMA, NY

Paul Cézanne. Mont Sainte-Victoire (La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue des Lauves). 1902–06. Watercolor and pencil on wove paper, 16 3/4 x 21 3/8″ (42.5 x 54.2 cm). The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. David Rockefeller. Photo © 2021 MoMA, NY

Paul Cézanne. Still Life with Cut Watermelon (Nature morte avec pastèque entamée). c. 1900. Pencil and watercolor on paper, 12 3/8 × 19 1/8″ (31.5 × 48.5 cm). Fondation Beyeler, Riehen/Basel. Beyeler Collection. Photo: Peter Schibli

Cover of the exhibition catalogue Cézanne Drawing, published by The Museum of Modern Art, NY, 2021.