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Armchair (Fauteuil)
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Armchair (Fauteuil)

Circa 1885-90

Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)

Graphite, watercolour, gouache on paper

Height: 34.3 cm (upper); Height: 33.7 cm (lower); Width: 31.6 cm (right); Width: 32.3 cm (left);


Inscription, watermark:
in monogram AGM
Inscribed, lower left & verso, faint numerals and inscription

Acquisition (source, method, date)
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978

About this work
In this carefully composed watercolour Cézanne portrays an aged wooden armchair standing on a typical tiled Provençal floor with a thick quilt resting on the seat. Cézanne took an experimental approach as he chose conflicting viewpoints and showed the chair’s left half frontally, whilst the right is ‘incorrectly’ seen at an oblique angle. The detached leg gives an alternative, corrected view. By drawing attention to the ‘error’ in applying basic rules of linear perspective, Cézanne may have been deliberately – and ironically – rejecting established artistic principles. (Permanent collection label)

Copyright: © The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London

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