The First Art Newspaper on the Net   Established in 1996 United States Monday, June 24, 2019

The Barnes Foundation discovers two sketches by Paul Cézanne behind watercolors
Paul Cézanne (French, 1839–1906). Recto: The Chaîne de l'Etoile Mountains (La Chaîne de l'Etoile avec le Pilon du Roi), 1885–1886. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper; Verso: Unfinished Landscape, undated. Watercolor and graphite on wove paper, Sheet: 12 3/8 x 19 1/8 in. (31.4 x 48.6 cm). BF650. Photo © 2015 The Barnes Foundation.

PHILADELPHIA, PA.- During a recent paper conservation treatment, the Barnes Foundation discovered two unfinished sketches—one graphite and one watercolor— on the reverse sides of two watercolors by Cézanne, which depict the landscape of southern France: The Chaine de l'Etoile Mountains (BF650) and Trees (BF655), normally on view in room 20 of the Collection Gallery.

The discovery marks the first time these sketches have been seen since at least the early 20th century, most likely prior to Dr. Albert Barnes’s purchase of the works from Leo Stein in 1921.These sketches provide a glimpse behind Cezanne’s artistic process and their discovery highlights the importance of conservation efforts and dedicated collection stewardship.

To allow students and visitors the opportunity to view these sketches, they will be displayed in double-sided frames, with both sides visible, from April 10 through May 18, 2015 in the second floor classroom of the Barnes Foundation. Following their display to the public, the watercolors will be returned to their original locations.

It was not uncommon for Cezanne to work on both sides of the paper in his sketchbooks and on larger, individual sheets such as these, and over the course of his career he produced thousands of drawings, some of which were done in preparation for oil paintings, but most often they were a place to experiment with line and color. “These sketches offer a window into Cezanne’s artistic process, which is truly invaluable,” said Barbara Buckley, Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings at the Barnes Foundation. “It is with great excitement that we share this discovery with our students and visitors. Our new facilities on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway allow us to do much more comprehensive conservation than ever before and we know there are many more discoveries within the Barnes Collection waiting to be unearthed. We look forward to bringing them to light over the coming months and years.”

“Barnes bought The Chaine de l'Etoile Mountains (BF650) and Trees (BF655) from Leo Stein, the American collector who, along with his sister, Gertrude, had assembled one of the world’s most important collections of modern European art,” said Martha Lucy, Assistant Professor at Drexel University and Consulting Curator at the Barnes Foundation. “What Barnes probably didn’t know was that in purchasing these two watercolors from Stein, he had actually acquired four works by Cézanne.”

The conservation project was overseen by Barbara Buckley, Senior Director of Conservation and Chief Conservator of Paintings at the Barnes Foundation, the treatments were performed by paper conservators at the Conservation Center for Art and Historic Artifacts (CCAHA) in Philadelphia, and funded as part of a conservation grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

The Barnes Foundation’s collection holds 365 works on paper comprised of primarily American and European works from the late nineteenth to early twentieth century, including watercolors, gouache, pastels, ink, graphite and charcoal drawings. The IMLSMuseums for America Program grant that funded the discovery of these new sketches, provided for the conservation treatment of 22 watercolors and pastels on paper including five works by Paul Cézanne, five by Pablo Picasso, nine by Paul Klee, two by Edgar Degas, and one by Pierre-Auguste Renoir. The conservation included mending tears, stabilizing supports, rehousing the works with archival quality materials, and providing ultraviolet-light filtering protection. This is the second grant the Barnes Foundation has received from the IMLS to support the conservation treatment and rehousing of its works of art on paper.

Today's News

February 24, 2015

The Barnes Foundation discovers two sketches by Paul Cézanne behind watercolors

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, announces major gift from Rothschild heirs

Mexico's Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu: From radio Disc Jockey to Oscar winner

Sotheby's Paris to offer significant collection of French 17th and 18th century paintings

Barbican exhibits the personal collections of post-war and contemporary artists

Marlborough Fine Art to offer a monumental painting by Andy Warhol at ArtBasel Hong Kong

Pictures from the father of photography and pioneers of the art of photography to be auctioned

Sotheby's to offer one of the world's largest private Swatch collections ever known

Rare 14th century ceramic flask leads the Bonhams Fine Japanese & Korean Works of Art Sale

Regal sarcophagus with a message for the ages will hold court in Ancient Resource's March 8 auction

Exhibition at Jeu de Paume presents a selection of Taryn Simon's works produced since 2000

Exhibition at Peabody Essex Museum celebrates superlative contemporary wood art

Exhibition is the first of its kind to examine tea's influence on art and culture around the globe

Exhibition at Palais de Tokyo explores the many fields of artistic creation

Tamar Halpern's first solo exhibition with On Stellar Rays opens in New York

Spink China to offer the rarest type of the note from the first series renminbi

Memorial exhibition at David Finlay Jr. explores six decades of Charles Cajori's works

Hayward Gallery Project Space presents a solo show of Sheila Hicks

Leon Ferrari work bought for Middlesbrough Institute of Art

National Air and Space Museum celebrates Hubble's 25th anniversary

Solo exhibition by New York artist Lauren Luloff opens at Marlborough Chelsea

Most Popular Last Seven Days

1.- Art of early man found in the greatest meteor crater on earth

2.- Exhibition celebrates Helmut Newton's 50-year career through a rare and unseen collection of vintage prints

3.- World's most costly painting on Saudi prince's yacht: report

4.- Sotheby's celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon landing with an auction

5.- Domaine de Chantilly exhibits Leonardo da Vinci's 'Nude Mona Lisa'

6.- New book offers front-row seat to greatest concert in history

7.- The New York Botanical Garden opens its largest botanical exhibition ever

8.- The most famous car in the world: RM Sotheby's presents James Bond Aston Martin DB5

9.- Mexico unearths what may be historic recording of Frida Kahlo

10.- Exhibition of Pierre-Auguste Renoir's paintings marks centenary of his death

Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .


Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher:Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez

Royalville Communications, Inc
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
to a Mexican poet.

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site
Tell a Friend
Dear User, please complete the form below in order to recommend the Artdaily newsletter to someone you know.
Please complete all fields marked *.
Sending Mail
Sending Successful