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Paul Cézanne. Bridge and Dam, Pontoise (Le Pont et le barrage, Pontoise). 1881
Infra-red image showing underdrawing
Infra-red image showing underdrawing

 

Paul Cézanne
Bridge and Dam, Pontoise (Le Pont et le barrage, Pontoise). 1881
Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 29 1/4" (60.3 x 74.3 cm)
Private collector
© The Art Institute of Chicago

 

Paul Cézanne. Bridge and Dam, Pontoise (Le Pont et le barrage, Pontoise). 1881 (detail) Infra-red detail
Paul Cézanne. Bridge and Dam, Pontoise (detail). 1881

 

Infra-red detail. This image shows Cezanne's two basic approaches to underdrawing, outlining essential elements and also quickly marking where masses of color will be.

 

Paul Cézanne. Turning Road, Auvers-sur-Oise (La Route tournante à Auvers-sur-Oise).c. 1881

Paul Cézanne
Turning Road, Auvers-sur-Oise (La Route tournante à Auvers-sur-Oise). c. 1881
Oil on canvas, 23 3/4 x 28 3/4" (60.3 x 73 cm)
Quinque Foundation, Providence

 

Paul Cézanne. Bridge and Dam, Pontoise (detail). 1881
Paul Cézanne. Bridge and Dam, Pontoise (detail). 1881

 

Paul Cézanne. Turning Road, Auvers-sur-Oise (detail). c. 1881
Paul Cézanne. Turning Road, Auvers-sur-Oise (detail). c. 1881