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The Bather by Paul Cézanne

    The Bather by Paul Cézanne

    The Bather by Paul Cézanne was created in 1885. The painting is in Museum of Modern Art, New York. The size of the work is 127 x 96,8 cm (50 x 38 in) and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The bather’s left, forward leg is placed firmly on the ground, but his right leg trails and carries no weight. The right side of his body is pulled higher than the left, the chin curves lopsidedly, and the right arm is elongated and oblique. The land-scape is as bare as a desert, but its green, violet, and rose coloration refuses that name. Its dreaming expanse matches the bather’s pensiveness.

    Likewise, the shadows on the body, rather than shifting to black, share the colors of the air, land. and water; and the brushwork throughout is a network of hatch-marks and dapples, restless yet extraordinarily refined. The figure moves toward us but does not meet our gaze. These disturbances can be characterized as modern: they indicate that while Cezanne had an acute respect for much of traditional art, he did not rep-resent the male nude the way the classical and Renaissance artists had done.

    About the Artist: French artist and Post-Impressionist painter Paul Cézanne was born in Aix-en-Provence. In Paris, Cézanne met the Impressionist Camille Pissarro. Initially, the friendship formed in the mid-1860s between Pissarro and Cézanne was that of master and disciple, in which Pissarro exerted a formative influence on the younger artist. Cézanne’s early work is often concerned with the figure in the landscape… Read more

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