Edited by Sylvie Patry and Nancy Ireson and André Dombrowski
Monumental volume devoted to one of the world's largest and most spectacular collections of Cézannes.
The Barnes Foundation's holdings of works by the renowned Post-Impressionist Paul Cézanne (1839-1906)--61 oils on canvas and 8 works on paper--are among the most significant in the world. The Barnes Foundation was established in 1922 by scientist, entrepreneur, and educator Dr. Albert C. Barnes, a passionate supporter of European modernism. His virtually unrivaled collection, which can only be viewed at the Barnes Foundation, also includes exceptional paintings by Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Matisse, Pablo Picasso, and many others. Beginning in 1912, Barnes acquired works by Cézanne from major Paris dealers such as Paul Durand-Ruel and soon ranked among the artist's most prominent collectors. At the time, this expressed a pioneering taste that Barnes shared with only a small group of enthusiasts, even though Cézanne had been posthumously hailed as a father of modern art at the turn of the 20th century. The Foundation's impressive holdings of Cézannes--never before published in a single study in their entirety--span every period of the artist's career and include his largest rendition of The Card Players and one of the three versions of The Large Bathers, one of his signal testaments. This landmark volume is both a work on Cézanne and his time, and an impetus for further study of an artist whose oeuvre is at once luminous, austere, challenging, and deeply confounding.
About The Author
Nancy Ireson is Deputy Director for Collections and Exhibitions and Gund Family Chief Curator at the Barnes Foundation, Philadelphia. Sylvie Patry is Deputy Director for Curatorial Affairs and Collections at the Musée d'Orsay, and consulting curator at the Barnes Foundation. André Dombrowski is Associate Professor, Department of the History of Art, University of Pennsylvania.