March 8, 2011 at 6:01 am:
I wanted everyone to see this gouache by Cezanne, but I want you guys to see it:
It’s one of his earliest watercolors ( around 1866 I believe ). There’s some difference of opinion about whether it’s a male or female, but who cares? It’s such an evocative painting that I have to force my eyes to look away from it. When Cezanne and Zola were boys, they used to go skinny-dipping and this might be a memory of one of those times. But I also detect the slight form of a woman’s breast, so maybe not. Even at this early stage, Cezanne was putting life-power into his work, which is often considered clumsy in comparison to his later more sophisticated compositions and color modulations. But I don’t feel that is true in as far as his concept of a painting goes. This small moonlit scene has the essential Cezanne gravitas for me.
Also Bart, I noticed some posts on Matisse by you, that I missed, with accompanying images of a woman asleep by a window. I guess I haven’t fully figured-out the blog site. Some back & forth posting is bound to happen and it was a nice surprise to bump into that painting under the Bathers heading with your comments.