Cézanne (Paul)

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Cézanne (Paul)
Ɵ Cézanne exhibition. Lithography-Catalogue of the solo exhibition at Ambroise Vollard in 1898. One sheet with large original lithograph (in gray) on recto (Baigneurs), and catalog (in bistre) of the 60 works exhibited on verso, galerie Ambroise Vollard, 6, rue Laffitte, May 9 to June 10, 1898 (22 x 24.2 cm). Folder by Devauchelle. Extremely rare catalog of the second Cézanne exhibition at Ambroise Vollard (which included Le Joueur de cartes, Le Fumeur, and Le Cygne et Léda), with the first print of the famous lithograph of Les Baigneurs, unpublished at the time, which Vollard used in 1914 for his book on the painter. First championed by Durand-Ruel in 1888, it was mainly thanks to the efforts of Ambroise Vollard (1866-1939) that Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) began to sell a few works to collectors outside his friends. The first Cézanne exhibition at Vollard in November 1895 followed the commercially unsuccessful van Gogh exhibition at the dealer's premises at 37, rue Laffitte, which he had occupied since 1893. Vollard had discovered Cézanne in the showcase at Père Tanguy's: "It was as if I'd been hit in the stomach". He became a dealer for the artist, who had none, and the profits from the exhibition enabled him the following year to move into a larger space at 6 rue Lafitte. It was here that the second exhibition, featuring 60 works, took place. The modest catalog listing these works is particularly valuable for the famous lithograph of Les Baigneurs, printed here for the first time, which adorns the entire folio. Provenance: Private collection.
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