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THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Paul Cézanne
ARBRE DÉPOUILLÉ AU JAS DE BOUFFAN
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18

THE COLLECTION OF ALEX & ELISABETH LEWYT

Paul Cézanne
ARBRE DÉPOUILLÉ AU JAS DE BOUFFAN
Estimation
300 000500 000
Lot. Vendu 665,000 USD (Prix d’adjudication avec commission acheteur)
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Paul Cézanne
1839 - 1906
ARBRE DÉPOUILLÉ AU JAS DE BOUFFAN
Pencil and watercolor on paper laid down on board
13 5/8 by 11 3/8 in.
34.5 by 29 cm
Executed circa 1878-80.
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Provenance

Paul Cassirer, Berlin

Frau Hardt, Berlin

Frau Harries von Siemens, Berlin

Sam Salz, New York

Acquired from the above on December 26, 1952

Exposition

Paris, Galerie des Beaux-Arts, La Peinture française du XIXe siècle en Suisse, 1938, no. 18 (catalogue with incorrect provenance)

Paris, Grand Palais, Cinquantième exposition de la Société des Artistes Indépendants Paul Cézanne, 1939, no. 42 (catalogued with incorrect provenance)

London, Paul Cassirer, Paul Cézanne, Watercolours, 1939, no. 45

Aix-en-Provence, Musée Granet; Nice, Musée Massenas & Musée de Grenoble, Cézanne: Peintures, Aquarelles, Dessins, 1953, no. 37

New York, Fine Arts Associates (Otto Gerson), Cézanne, 1956, no. 6, illustrated in the catalogue

New York, Wildenstein & Co., Inc., Cézanne, 1959, no. 69, illustrated in the catalogue

New York, Knoedler Galleries, Cézanne Watercolors, 1963, pp. 28-29, no. 14, illustrated in the catalogue pl. XII

Pasadena Art Museum, Cézanne Watercolors, 1967, no. 2, illustrated in the catalogue

Bibliographie

Vollard archives no. 203

Julius Meier-Graefe, Cézanne and His Circle, Munich, 1918, illustrated pl. II

Lionello Venturi, Cézanne, son art, son oeuvre, Paris, 1936, no. 941, illustrated pl. 289

Theodore Reff, "A New Exhibition of Cézanne," Burlington Magazine, vol. CII,  London, March 1960, p. 117

John Rewald, Paul Cézanne. The Watercolours: A Catalogue Raisonné, London, 1983,  catalogued p. 111, illustrated

Description

The wilderness of Provence figures prominently in Cézanne's most significant landscapes, leading to his triumphant depictions of Montagne Saint-Victoire. In the present work, Cézanne depicts a chestnut tree on his family property, Jas de Bouffan. The tangled limbs of these trees were the subject of several important works, including Les marronniers du Jas de Bouffan en hiver executed at the same time as the present watercolor. With rich anthropomorphism, Cézanne imbued his depictions of these noble trees with carefully constructed strokes of purple and green tones.

Denis Coutagne describes the estate: "When the property was acquired by Louis-Auguste Cézanne in 1859, it was a country estate of almost fifteen hectares (around thirty-seven acres), largely given over to vineyards and orchards. The grounds were overlooked by a bastide, or manor house, which was a solid, three-story building with a ground plan comprising about 200-square meters. Just beside the avenue of chestnut trees that lent the property a certain air of ancestral nobility was a small artificial pond or basin, charmingly adorned with fountains in the form of lions and a dolphin. There was also a small conservatory, almost hidden among the foliage. The architecture of the farm, or rather the five or six connecting buildings known as such, located at the boundary of the present property, was of considerable interest to Cézanne as a subject for his painting" (Denis Coutagne, "The Jas de Bouffan," in Cézanne in Provence (exhibition catalogue), The National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C. & Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence, 2006, p. 78).

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