The Large Bathers, 1900-1905 by Paul Cezanne | Oil Painting Reproduction
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The Large Bathers, 1900-1905
Artist: Paul Cezanne
Size: 45 x 75 cm (17.7 x 29.5")
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Paul Cézanne The Large Bathers

From all of Paul Cézanne paintings, The Large Bathers is one of the artist's best known and most loved artworks.

First exhibited in 1906, this large oil painting (measuring at over 210 by 250 centimeters) currently hangs in the Philadelphia Museum of Art, USA.

Why did Cézanne paint the Large Bathers?

This Pail Cezanne artwork was incredibly important to the artist and he consequently worked on it for a total of seven years. He considered the work unfinished at the time of his death, in 1906.

With The Bathers, Cézanne aimed to shift art away from populism. He specifically endeavored to create paintings that were initially unexceptional and unappealing to the novice viewer. Instead, Cézanne gave a timeless quality to his paintings. He encouraged other artists to move away from the fads and stylistic movements that dominated French art at the time.

Of course, the bathers' theme was nothing new. Originating in the Renaissance, these works typically depicted idealized female nude bodies set amongst bucolic countryside.

The great Baroque painter Nicolas Poussin also created similar artworks, striving to represent the beauty of nature and the human form. It later became a favorite trope of French Post-Impressionist painters, memorably represented by Georges-Pierre Seurat’s Bathers at Asnières (1884).

Cézanne complicates these traditional depictions with his flat pictorial space. The dead tree branches and ominous clouds suggest a threatening or mysterious natural world. Likewise, the female pose suggests classical Greek and Roman statues, but their bodies are deliberately distorted.

The facial features are not visible, and their limbs appear alternately shortened or elongated. Unlike the smooth realism of renaissance painting, Cézanne depicts their skin tones with uneven brushstrokes and dabs of vivid color.

Where did Paul Cézanne paint the Large Bathers?

Amongst Paul Cézanne famous paintings, none depict the light and beauty of the South of France better than The Bathers. Painted in the countryside of Provence, it exudes the area’s unique warmth and charm.

Like much of Paul Cézanne artwork, the bathers don’t seem to occupy a three-dimensional space. Arranged as a frieze-like composition, the women's triangular forms add to the overall symmetry of the piece. The slanting trees control the composition, stretching towards the sky and moving the viewer’s gaze around the canvas.

Cézanne worked meticulously, building up each layer of paint and color slowly and purposefully. His orderly application of color and shade masterfully represents the effects of dappled light on the statuesque nudes. The figures themselves rise-up from the landscape, as rooted as the trees and rocks they rest on.

How many bathers did Cézanne paint?

The Large Bathers is the biggest of a series of bather paintings by Cézanne. From around 1870 onwards, the theme became an obsession for the artist, who painted at least twelve full-scale paintings of the subject.

Some of the most famous versions include Three Bathers (1875), The Great Bather (1885), Bathers (1895), and an additional series of Large Bathers compositions.

The inspiration for representing bathing parties developed from Cézanne’s youth. The artist spoke of fond memories of bathing with friends near Aix-en-Provence, in the rolling countryside of the French south coast.

Paul Cezanne, The Large Bathers, massively influenced a whole generation of subsequent artists. Pablo Picasso’s Les Demoiselles d'Avignon (1907) is particularly reminiscent of Paul Cézanne paintings.

Paul Cezanne was born in Aix-en-Provence in 1839. He came from a wealthy banking family and enjoyed financial security. Cezanne never had to endure the life of a struggling artist, unlike so many of his peers.

Cezanne was a French Post-Impressionist artist whose paintings and technique had a significant influence on so many artists who superseded him. His work is acknowledged to have led the path to Cubism and opened the door to Modern Art.

Cezanne gave inspiration to artists such as Picasso and Matisse other famous artists Edgar Degas, Renoir and Gauguin also cite him as the inspiration for their own work.

Whilst at college in Aix, Cezanne became acquainted with Emile Zola who encouraged him to move to Paris and to concentrate on an artistic life. In Paris he formed a friendship with Camille Pissarro and together they painted the most beautiful landscape oil paintings of Pontoise and Louveciennes, France.

The Salon des Refuses displayed paintings which had not been accepted by the Official Paris Salon and many of Cezanne's paintings were exhibited there. However, he finally gained recognition by the Salon with the acceptance of Portrait of Louis-Auguste Cezanne; the Artist's Father Reading painted in 1886. This was his only successful submission to the Salon.

Cezanne's Les Grandes Baigneuses, or The Large Bathers, is a large oil painting from which both Matisse and Picasso drew inspiration with their subsequent bather paintings.

During his lifetime, Paul Cezanne is thought to have painted some 900 oil on canvas paintings and 400 watercolors. Cezanne famous paintings are collected extensively and are in both public and private collections worldwide.

The Card Players series consists of five of paintings. The Courtauld Gallery holds two, one of which is The Card Players 1892-96. The Card Players 1890-96 is on view at New York Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Boy in a Red Vest by Paul Cezanne is also known as The Boy in the Red Waistcoat 1889. It is considered Cezanne's finest portrait paintings and was featured in the America TV series Scandal.

It estimated that there are around 30 Cezanne oil paintings of Montagne Sainte-Victoire which are some of his more famous landscapes. The Montagne Sainte-Victoire is located in the South of France and overlooks Aix-en-Provence. The Mont Sainte-Victoire paintings reveal geometric forms and in later paintings the colors appear darker and richer. The paintings were completed between the period 1882 and 1906.

Cezanne's oil on canvas painting Mont Sainte-Victoire 1902-04 is a beautiful Cezanne painting with the mountain in the background with the sun casting a glow on a landscape of houses in the foreground.

A later version, Mont Sainte Victoire c1904-06 is on permanent loan to Princeton Museum from the Pearlman Foundation.

Quarry and Mont Sainte-Victoire seen from the Bibemus is held by the Hermitage Museum Saint Peterburg, Russia. This painting views the mountain from a closer perspective.

Vanitas art contains inanimate objects which symbolize death. Two famous vanitas paintings by Cezanne are Three Skulls, c1900 and The Pyramid of Skulls c1901. Cezanne was a devout Catholic and these two paintings were completed in the aftermath of his mother's death and demonstrate his preoccupation with morbidity at this time.

Of Paul Cezanne still life paintings, Still Life with Curtain and Flowered Pitcher 1895 is considered his greatest. This oil on canvas painting is held by the Hermitage Museum in their European Fine Art collection.

A large catalog of Cezanne reproductions is available and replica paintings by this famous post-impressionist painter can be enjoyed by all. Why not browse Cezanne famous paintings now?

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