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Lesser-known side of Cézanne on display in New York City

New York City, US, Jun 3 (EFE).- More than 250 works on paper by Paul Cézanne, ranging from sketches to watercolors and showing a crucial and little known facet of the French painter, are displayed in a major exhibition that opened Thursday at the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

Cézanne Drawing re-examines the work of one of the greatest artists of the 20th century, analyzing his creative process along with new information about his career of almost six decades, in which it is estimated that he made 2,100 works on paper.

Among the pencil pieces are personal portraits in which he, his wife and his son appear, as well as studies of still life, nudes and sculptures, and delicate watercolors of bathers.

Cézanne (1839–1906), usually recognized as a painter in styles that range from Impressionism to Constructivism, saw drawing as fundamental and it allowed him to investigate and experiment. He dedicated himself to it until his last days in his studio in Les Lauves.

“Cézanne Drawing will return works on paper to their central position within the artist’s oeuvre, demonstrating the extent to which this medium facilitated his legendary innovations and emphasizing how he used particular materials and techniques to generate meaning,” MoMA said in a statement.

The museum presents the viewer with “study sheets” in which various subjects are represented in different scales, styles, orientations and perspectives, showing the artist’s continuous search for the relationship between disparate motifs and genres.

The exhibition also shows a series of oil paintings from the MoMA collection and other private and public collections around the world to bring together one of the largest collections of the Frenchman’s work in the United States.

Cézanne Drawing opens Thursday for MoMA members, and to the general public from June 6 to Sep. 25. EFE


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