Étude pour Pastorale

Étude pour Pastorale

photo: Bruce M. White
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About This Work

Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906)
Étude pour Pastorale, ca. 1870
10.2 x 13.3 cm. (4 x 5 1/4 in.)


Artist’s son, Paul Cézanne (1872–1947), Paris. [Curt Valentin (1902–1954), New York]. Henry Pearlman, New York, by 1959; Henry and Rose Pearlman Foundation, 1983.

Critical Perspective

This is a preliminary sketch for one of the artist’s early romantic fantasies, in which he paid homage to the pastoral landscapes by the Venetian Renaissance painters Titian and Giorgione. In Pastoral, Cezanne revisited the picnic theme of Manet’s celebrated Le déjeuner sur L'herbe (1863), positioning himself as the large reclining figure at the center of a lush riverside setting that includes a bottle and glass still life; he is accompanied by two clothed male companions and three nude female bathers.