The bather was a favorite subject of Cézanne and occurs in many paintings, prints, and drawings, so that this work has been variously dated from 1879 to 1888. The inspiration for this watercolor study of a male bather seen from the back was derived from both an Italian Renaissance painting by Luca Signorelli and an ancient marble sculpture. Cézanne softened his sources and added touches of color to create a delicate effect. Upon its acquisition by the Atheneum in 1930, the director, A. Everett Austin, Jr., described the artist as “the stepping stone between Corot and Cubism, who learning from Manet, sought to rescue from the formless mists of Impressionism the architectonic composition and significant form which had mightily served the great European tradition of the classical past.”

Paul Cézanne
French, 1839–1906
The Bather, c. 1885
Pencil and watercolor on paper
The Ella Gallup Sumner and Mary Catlin Sumner Collection Fund, 1930.4

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